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ripple effect

a spreading effect or series of consequences caused by a single action or event.
Origin of ripple effect
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for ripple effect
  • Changing the start time of school has ripple effect on when one parent can leave for work.
  • Export earnings can, of course, have a ripple effect throughout an economy.
  • In the small world of fashion journalism, any move on the upper half of the masthead will have a ripple effect all the way down.
  • It's important for people to try and show calmness or strength so that there's not a ripple effect of fear.
  • Each one of these crimes has a ripple effect in our communities.
  • Their biggest problem is a ripple effect on system balance if the splitter moves.
  • These firms have a vital interest in the rule proposal due to the potential ripple effect it will have on other regulators.
  • The ripple effect of an earlier delay at downstream airports is referred to as delay propagation.
British Dictionary definitions for ripple effect

ripple effect

the repercussions of an event or situation experienced far beyond its immediate location
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