- a theory that if one country is taken over by an expansionist, especially Communist, neighbor, party, or the like, the nearby nations will be taken over one after another.
Origin of domino theory
First recorded in 1960–65
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Word Origin and History for domino theory
in geo-politics, by 1963; see domino. Eisenhower's original phrase was domino principle (1954).
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