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domino effect

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noun
  1. the cumulative effect that results when one event precipitates a series of like events.

Origin of domino effect

First recorded in 1965–70
Also called domino reaction.
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domino effect

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

Word Origin

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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