domino effect


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domino effect

n.
A cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events: the domino effect of increasing the speed limit in one of several contiguous states.

[From the fact that a row of dominoes stood on end will fall in succession if the first one is knocked over.]

domino effect

n
a series of similar or related events occurring as a direct and inevitable result of one initial event
[C20: alluding to a row of dominoes, each standing on end, all of which fall when one is pushed: originally used with reference to possible Communist takeovers of countries in SE Asia]
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Noun1.domino effect - the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)domino effect - the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)
figure of speech, trope, image, figure - language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
consequence, effect, result, upshot, outcome, event, issue - a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon; "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"; "his decision had depressing consequences for business"; "he acted very wise after the event"
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domino effect

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A technical fault in one of the three major dams or the 500kV transmission lines triggered a domino effect and took down the already moribund national grid, suspending work at factories and businesses in the industrial heartland.
A technical fault in one of the three major dams or the 500kV transmission lines triggered a domino effect and took down the ageing national grid, suspending work at factories and businesses in the industrial heartland and highlighting the challenges successive governments have faced in getting to grips with chronic power shortages.
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WHEN East European countries tried to leave the Soviet Bloc, initially the USSR sent in their tanks, and when some of their citizens tried to escape they even risked being shot; then, when they all considered leaving (a strange domino effect kicked in) those in the Kremlin gave in, even when some of their former East European leaders were jailed (and in Romania executed).