domino effect

noun

Definition of domino effect

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

1966

First Known Use of domino effect

1966


DOMINO EFFECT Defined for English Language Learners

domino effect

noun

Definition of domino effect for English Language Learners

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


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