ripple effect

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by analogy with the spreading ripples on the surface of a body of water when a stone is thrown in.

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ripple effect (plural ripple effects)

  1. the effect of one event setting off other events in an unexpected way, or unexpected areas.
    Defaults in America's mortgage lending businesses are causing a ripple effect through the major banks in other continents.

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