- 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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Examples from the Web for domino effect
Depending on what Wildstein has, and on whom, he might set off a domino-effect of people flipping, and then who knows.Revenge of the Nerd: Wildstein Rats Out the Boss
January 31, 2014
- a series of similar or related events occurring as a direct and inevitable result of one initial event
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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