trickle-down

adjective trick·le-down \ ˈtri-kəl-ˈdau̇n \

Definition of trickle-down

1 : relating to or working on the principle of trickle-down theory
  • trickle-down economics
2 : relating to or being an effect caused gradually by remote or indirect influences

First Known Use of trickle-down

1944

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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