domino effect

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Domino effect

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An allusion to a row of dominoes in which the fall of one leads to a cascade of falling pieces

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domino effect

  1. The situation in which one event sets off a chain of additional events.
  2. (politics, historical) The theory that, if South Vietnam fell to Communism, it would be followed by Cambodia, Laos, and additional South Asian countries.

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