one thing leads to another


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one thing leads to another

One action has triggered others, especially those that are unplanned or unforeseen. You know how it is: you try to make one small improvement to your house, but then one thing leads to another, and you end up repainting the entire first floor. We were just going to meet for coffee, but one thing led to another and we went back to his hotel room instead.
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One thing leads to another.

One event sets things up for another event, and so on. (As an explanation of how little things lead to big problems.) I kept spending more and more money until I was broke. You know how one thing leads to another. He bought a car, then a house, then a boat. One thing leads to another.
See also: another, lead, one, thing

one thing leads to another

COMMON You say one thing leads to another when you are describing something that happens, to say that one event or activity causes another. I never thought I'd be a president, but after they closed down the university where I was a professor, I became a kind of spokesman. One thing led to another and so here I am today.
See also: another, lead, one, thing
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