domino effect


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 selection of Harris by President-elect Joe Biden set off a domino effect inside state Democratic Party ranks. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, "Five things to watch in California politics in 2021," 4 Jan. 2021 There’s a domino effect, as Bickerstaff even unveiled a unique Drummond-JaVale McGee pairing to fill those backup power forward minutes. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Larry Nance Jr. thrust into spotlight after Kevin Love’s injury: ‘He’s got to pick up in all the areas Kevin leaves empty’," 31 Dec. 2020 The announcement spurred a domino effect as districts across the state began reassessing their relationships with local police departments. oregonlive, "2020 in review: The 8 Oregon education stories that defined the year," 31 Dec. 2020 Remote counties are dependent on neighboring areas for care, officials said, meaning that if one or two hospitals become overwhelmed, a domino effect could occur. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "33 million Californians face COVID-19 stay-at-home order that will restrict movements and business," 6 Dec. 2020 But vaccine experts warn that the move may trigger a domino effect as other countries jockey for approvals—one that could reduce access for poorer nations for months or even years. Nsikan Akpan, Science, "WHO set to approve a COVID-19 vaccine by end of 2020—increasing hopes for equitable access," 4 Dec. 2020 However, the shock automation may cause the transportation industry (and its resulting domino effect) is beyond scale. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: COVID deaths, death penalty, Enbridge Line 3, automation, the glass ceiling," 7 Dec. 2020 The move seemingly has a domino effect on the team's draft and free agency plans, and is our first clue of Weaver's vision for the franchise. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons and the 2020 NBA draft: Here's everything you need to know," 17 Nov. 2020 Booker prodded at length about her understanding of the ways in which race prejudices a judicial system that disproportionately punishes Black men and women and how that bias can lead to a domino effect of lifelong consequences. Washington Post, "Republicans have the power to vote in Barrett. Sen. Booker implored them to have grace.," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of domino effect

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Domino effect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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