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domino effect

the cumulative effect that results when one event precipitates a series of like events.
Also called domino reaction.
Origin of domino effect
1965-70 Unabridged
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domino effect

a series of similar or related events occurring as a direct and inevitable result of one initial event
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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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