snowball effect

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By analogy with the way a snowball collects the more snow in one turn the larger it is, as it rolls down a hillside.

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snowball effect (plural snowball effects)

  1. An accelerating growth of magnitude, including fame, fortune, importance, or danger.
    The success of these women has had the snowball effect of bringing more and more women into the sport over the past few years.

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