floodgates


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floodgates

[ˈflʌdgeɪts] npl
to open the floodgates to sth (= open the way to) → être la porte ouverte à qch

floodgates

[ˈflʌdˌgeɪts] npl to open the floodgates toaprire le porte a
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And it is a remarkable example of the confusion into which the present age has fallen; of the obliteration of landmarks, the opening of floodgates, and the uprooting of distinctions," says Sir Leicester with stately gloom, "that I have been informed by Mr.
From the village school of Chesney Wold, intact as it is this minute, to the whole framework of society; from the whole framework of society, to the aforesaid framework receiving tremendous cracks in consequence of people (iron-masters, lead-mistresses, and what not) not minding their catechism, and getting out of the station unto which they are called--necessarily and for ever, according to Sir Leicester's rapid logic, the first station in which they happen to find themselves; and from that, to their educating other people out of THEIR stations, and so obliterating the landmarks, and opening the floodgates, and all the rest of it; this is the swift progress of the Dedlock mind.
Not a cousin of the batch but is amazed to hear from Sir Leicester at breakfast-time of the obliteration of landmarks, and opening of floodgates, and cracking of the framework of society, manifested through Mrs.
I grasped my whip with more determined energy than before - but still forbore to raise it, and rode on in silence, waiting for some more tangible cause of offence, before I opened the floodgates of my soul and poured out the dammed-up fury that was foaming and swelling within.
Konstantin Levin spoke as though the floodgates of his speech had burst open.
There was a breaking of floodgates, a whirl of new memories and new griefs rushing into his mind.
Louis perceived that he had gone too far; that the gates of the Bastile were still closed upon him, whilst, by degrees, the floodgates were gradually being opened, behind which the generous-hearted Fouquet had restrained his anger.
How the floodgates were opened, and mother and daughter wept, when they were together embracing each other in this sanctuary, may readily be imagined by every reader who possesses the least sentimental turn.
This eloquent discharge opened the floodgates of enthusiasm again, and the election was carried with thundering unanimity.
Associations thus awakened, opened floodgates of sorrow.
Floodgates were loosed within me, and the plain English of our adventure rushed over me as cold as ice.
Now we have 70-80 floodgates, a combination of different kinds of gates as well as submarine doors.