in the wake of


1

Following directly on, as in In the wake of the procession, a number of small children came skipping down the aisle. This usage alludes to the waves made behind a passing vessel. [c. 1800]

2

In the aftermath of, as a consequence of, as in Famine often comes in the wake of war. [Mid-1800s]

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