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To weaken somebody out of the gate

Posted by Bob on July 12, 2005

In Reply to: To weaken somebody out of the gate posted by HWK on July 12, 2005

: I come across the phrase, " to weaken somebody out of the gate." I infer it to mean force somebody out of a position. ANy clear definitions?

"Out of the gate" is the beginning of a horse race. A bell sounds and the sttarting gate opens its doors to release the horses. So to do something "out of the gate" is to do it at the very beginning.

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