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A cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events: the domino effect of increasing the speed limit in one of several contiguous states.
[From the fact that a row of dominoes stood on end will fall in succession if the first one is knocked over.]
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a series of similar or related events occurring as a direct and inevitable result of one initial event
[C20: alluding to a row of dominoes, each standing on end, all of which fall when one is pushed: originally used with reference to possible Communist takeovers of countries in SE Asia]
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|Noun||1.||domino effect - the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)|
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