Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In racing, a gate which opens automatically when the horses are ready to start.

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Examples

  • Which left us back at the starting-gate, three of us racking our brains and Flashy looking perplexed but inwardly serene, for all I was waiting for was a lead.

    Watershed

  • After the starting-gate rush has subsided, slowly, carefully work your way through sections of choice, again watching for books with DJs in good shape.

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  • After the starting-gate rush has subsided, slowly, carefully work your way through sections of choice, again watching for books with DJs in good shape.

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  • After the starting-gate rush has subsided, slowly, carefully work your way through sections of choice, again watching for books with DJs in good shape.

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  • George W. Bush is already out of the starting-gate, denouncing all those who would violate the desire of the Lebanese people to live in peace -- as he also did so effectively week after week this past summer, yes?

    Peace, order and good government, eh?: November 2006 Archives

  • Which left us back at the starting-gate, three of us racking our brains and Flashy looking perplexed but inwardly serene, for all I was waiting for was a lead.

    Flashman And The Tiger

  • Then, amid a murmur of excitement, the starting-gate went up, and the horses were off.

    Adrien Leroy

  • When the starting-gate goes up, Fido will carry not only Lord Newmarket's shirt, but Lady Angela's happiness.

    If I May

  • The starting-gate bothered him at first, but after half a dozen trials, he realized that the web, flying upward, had no power to hurt him and was, moreover, the signal for a short, jolly contest of speed with his fellows of the rancho.

    The Pride of Palomar

  • Grand Stand of vast dimensions overlooks the course from starting-gate to paddock; dukes no longer ride side by side with butchers to make bets.

    Highways and Byways in Surrey

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