domino effect

domino effect
/ˈdɒmənoʊ əfɛkt/ (say 'domuhnoh uhfekt)

an effect whereby one event or action triggers a chain reaction of consequential or similar events or actions: *As information starts to become public, it causes people to come forward with even more information, so it's kind of a domino effect –aap news, 2002.
{from the way dominoes (domino2) placed on end in a row, fall in succession; originally with reference to the possible fall to Communism of countries in South-East Asia}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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