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  • n. Plural form of floodgate.

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Examples

  • When people like the president say that Citizens United opened the "floodgates," what they mean is that corporations (and unions) no longer have to worry about the "issue advocacy" vs. "express advocacy" distinction.

    Citizens United Response To Be Very Limited, Will More Meaningful Reforms Follow?

  • The president's supporters and fellow Democrats have been parroting the superficial "floodgates" warning at every opportunity.

    Liberals Overreact to Citizens United

  • Second, opponents of this bill say it will open the "floodgates" of litigation.

    Caroline Fredrickson: In Praise of the Paycheck Fix

  • This had never been done before with these kind of floodgates in these canals.

    CNN Transcript Sep 1, 2008

  • The reference to "floodgates" being opened has echoes of Margaret Thatcher's controversial reference in 1979 to Asian immigrants "swamping" the country - condemned at the time as evidence of her party's anti-immigrant bias.

    The Guardian World News

  • Piche said that if successful, his client's challenge could open the "floodgates" to similar challenges across the country.

    canada.com Top Stories

  • "But the Attorney-General has advised that he is unable to support my suggested amendment, propounding a 'floodgates' argument," Mr Cowdery said.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • With the Supreme Court Justices sitting right in front of him, President Barack Obama unloaded in his State of the Union address on this past week's ruling qualifying corporations as having the rights of citizens and opening the "floodgates" to their political donations.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • President Barack Obama unloaded in his State of the Union address on this past week's ruling qualifying corporations as having the rights of citizens and opening the "floodgates" to their political donations.

    Yahoo! Buzz US: Top Stories

  • The president, decrying the ruling as the opening of "floodgates" for special interests that will drown out the voices of the people, vows in his weekly address today to find a legislative way to remedy the situation.

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