snowball effect


: a situation in which one action or event causes many other similar actions or events
The city hopes that these improvements will have a snowball effect and spur private investment in the community.

Examples of snowball effect in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a snowball effect, small victories today can lead to greater victories tomorrow. Richard Katz, Foreign Affairs, 31 Jan. 2024 One of his articles showed up in the New York Times and created a snowball effect. Marcia Simon, Hartford Courant, 7 Jan. 2024 Love was the theme for our wedding and that love had a snowball effect. Alexandra MacOn, Vogue, 13 Oct. 2023 And at depots, where students transfer from one bus to another, buses were held up by late arrivals, creating a snowball effect affecting the rest of the route. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 19 Aug. 2023 This uses time to make money grow faster, thanks to a snowball effect. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2023 But some analysts suggest the impasse may have a kind of snowball effect, forcing European governments to reconsider further punitive action against Russia, one of the world’s biggest exporters of uranium. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2023 Sometimes these comments create a snowball effect, resulting in hundreds or even thousands of negative reviews being seen by others. Jon Michail, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2023 The starting pitching settled down (Ashley Landis / Associated Press) There was a snag in the rotation’s collective effectiveness that created a snowball effect that impacted the bullpen, similar to what happened early in the season. Sarah Valenzuela, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2023 See More

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“Snowball effect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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