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- (UK) A secondary, often unintended effect; a repercussion.
- If a coach arrives late, it has a knock-on effect on the entire coach station.
- 2007, March 24th, The Economist magazine, page 51:
- There are various knock-on effects [to the international boycott of the Palestinian government]. PA [Palestinian Authority] services, particularly health and education, have deteriorated sharply because of supply shortages and strikes by workers. Much of the time hospitals have been seeing only emergency cases.
secondary, indirect effect
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