domino effect

noun

Definition of domino effect

: a cumulative effect produced when one event initiates a succession of similar events — compare ripple effect

Examples of domino effect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The initial decision to move Markkanen into the starting lineup is one Bickerstaff hopes will lead to a positive domino effect. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 20 Oct. 2021 My hope … is that this work has created a domino effect and this will hopefully lead to other trans kids and teens in similar life situations having a different life outcome. CBS News, 18 Dec. 2021 Today's disregard for precedent and the potential domino effect in other cases suggests a whole new era at America's high court. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 16 Dec. 2021 Those who refuse to take COVID-19 vaccines are creating a deadly domino effect, a Michigan doctor warned during a Wednesday news conference. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 10 Dec. 2021 Those who refuse to take COVID-19 vaccines are creating a deadly domino effect, said Dr. Marschall Runge, CEO of Michigan Medicine and dean of the University of Michigan Medical School. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 9 Dec. 2021 Unsurprisingly, there was the requisite gossipy domino effect of headlines for the next few years. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 24 Nov. 2021 Wolff’s decision to step down as county judge set off a domino effect whose full implications are still emerging. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Nov. 2021 The collapse of Lehman Brothers caused a domino effect culminating in a cash and credit crunch like there was going to be no tomorrow. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of domino effect

1966, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jan 2022

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“Domino effect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/domino%20effect. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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domino effect

noun

English Language Learners Definition of domino effect

: a situation in which one event causes a series of similar events to happen one after another

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