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starting gate

any of various types of movable barriers for lining up and giving an equal start to the entries in a horse or dog race.
Origin of starting gate
1895-1900 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Everyone is running out of the starting gate with their green idea without cradle to grave calculations.
  • The park lightly maintains the track, which also has a starting gate.
  • Now imagine being loaded into a starting gate alongside the best thoroughbreds in the land.
  • The track is groomed and watered, and has a starting gate.
  • Operators water and groom the trails, which also feature a starting gate.
  • No, you can't fill your head with that, otherwise you wouldn't get out of the starting gate.
  • And our partnership is bursting out of the starting gate with several new weapons to curb this deadly epidemic.
  • Applications filed before the appropriate starting gate opens will be dismissed.
  • The field was backed out of their stalls and the starting gate was moved to free the downed horse.
  • Because this action stumbled near the starting gate, the record is stunted and the facts before us are sparse.
British Dictionary definitions for starting gate

starting gate

a movable barrier so placed on the starting line of a racecourse that the raising of it releases all the contestants simultaneously
the US name for starting stalls
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