In L.A., the really exhilarant cooking was bubbling up from the bottom, not trickling down from the top.
Worksheets, computers—America's hypercompetitive education system is trickling down to preschool.
But the money is not trickling down to the real stars of the show, the student-athletes.
In this case, the chatter is proliferating across the Internet, trickling down to a motley crew of unhinged activists.
Palestinians say that armed Jewish settlers have been trickling back to try and reestablish a permanent presence there.
But as he filtered through the scholarly mind in trickling drops, oh, he was so sweet!
Little black streams were trickling down the apron on to the dress.
He uttered no cry and was quite still, with blood streaming from the cuts on his face and trickling from his ears.
The basin is still there, and with water in it, trickling over its edge.
In one man the current of this tendency may be like a trickling stream, and a handful of materials are enough to keep it in check.
late 14c., possibly a shortened variant of stricklen "to trickle," a frequentative form of striken "to flow, move" (see strike). Related: Trickled; trickling. Trickle-down as an adjectival phrase in an economic sense first recorded 1944; the image had been in use at least since Teddy Roosevelt.
1570s, from trickle (v.).