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 (plural domino effects)

  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, additional Southeast Asian countries, other Asian countries, and likely even elsewhere.
    Synonym: domino theory

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