ripple effect

noun
a spreading effect or series of consequences caused by a single action or event.

Origin:
1965–70

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

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Example sentences
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.
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