knock-on effect


: something (such as a process, action, or event) that causes other things to happen
The drought is likely to have a knock-on effect throughout the whole economy.

Examples of knock-on effect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This year’s jump in oil prices has been raising worries about a knock-on effect on inflation, which has remained stubbornly high. Elaine Kurtenbach, Quartz, 16 Apr. 2024 This, of course, has a knock-on effect on Wall Street. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 18 Mar. 2024 Recently released figures from airports association, Airports Council International Europe, indicate that air traffic in Israel was down 62% in those three months, which has had a severe knock-on effect on JR/D Duty Free’s revenue. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Abattoirs and meat-processing plants were particularly hit, but, of course, this had a knock-on effect on butchers’ abilities to source and provide meat. Olivia Potts, Longreads, 15 Feb. 2024 Sources at the company are keen to point out that the new shake-up will not have any knock-on effect on projects currently in development or production at either Sky Studios or Sky U.K. and Ireland. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 8 Feb. 2024 That long three-setter had a knock-on effect that made for a light but long night at Melbourne Park. Simon Cambers, USA TODAY, 23 Jan. 2024 So amid a spike in crashes for cyclists, the city’s steady clip of bike-lane installation appears to be having a knock-on effect for pedestrians. John Surico, Curbed, 21 Dec. 2023 This can have the knock-on effect of restricting participation in various activities and gatherings, both of which significantly reduce quality of life. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023

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“Knock-on effect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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