ripple effect


Definition of ripple effect

: a spreading, pervasive, and usually unintentional effect or influence the automotive industry has a ripple effect on many other industries — compare domino effect

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The ripple effects of these government contracts are still being felt today. Avi Asher-schapiro, The New Republic, "The Very Small World of VC," 18 July 2019 That creates a ripple effect among the teams below. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Consensus opinion around NBA is Pacers made right call taking Goga Bitadze," 16 July 2019 The ripple effect also impacts other financial assets. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Stocks set to slide more ahead of Powell testimony," 9 July 2019 Damet surely had his reasons for doing so but the ripple effect was that two midfielders had to play out of position at right back in the game. , Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Storylines for FC Cincinnati versus Minnesota United," 26 June 2019 When an airline flies back-to-back flights around the clock, a delay in one of those flights creates a ripple effect that disrupts the schedule of many subsequent flights. Hugo Martin,, "Spirit’s new strategy: Be a less terrible airline," 22 May 2019 The moment Wednesday night, a microcosm of the angry tribalism that often emanates from Mr. Trump’s campaign rallies, immediately caused ripple effects for the president and his party. New York Times, "Trump Sets the Terms on Racial Division. Do Democrats Know What to Do?," 21 July 2019 During the school year, those who work in the schools see the ripple effects of addiction on students. Catalina Righter,, "Camp Thrive serves middle-schoolers whose lives have been touched by addiction-related loss or trauma," 20 July 2019 The Chinese decision to stop taking most foreign recycling has had ripple effects in Alabama, mostly by flooding the international market and lowering commodity prices for recyclers here. Dennis Pillion |,, "Does all your recycling just go to a landfill? Nope," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of ripple effect

1966, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ripple effect

: a situation in which one event causes a series of other events to happen

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