from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


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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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  • 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.


  • 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?

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Given control over all of the levers of federal power in Washington for most of the period, George Bush, Tom Delay, Paul Ryan and their compatriots used a combination of tax cuts for the rich and deregulation for the banks and credit card companies to dramatically expand the gap between rich and poor in a country where democracy demands at least a measure of starting-gate equality for all. - top

  • For two weeks he was busy harrowing, disking and rolling the old race-track; he repainted the weather-beaten poles and reshingled the judge's stand; he repaired the fence and installed an Australian starting-gate, dug a pit for the barbecue and brought forth, repaired and set up under the oaks close to the race-tracks, thirty long wooden tables at which, in an elder and more romantic day, the entire countryside, as guests of the Farrels and Noriagas, had gathered to feast.

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  • In the Guardian, writer Gary Younge quoted Hardball host Chris Matthews saying, "I don't think you can find a better opening-gate, starting-gate personality than Obama as a black candidate.

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