one thing leads to another


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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.
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one thing leads to another

an event or activity results in another that you have usually not planned I agreed to help him paint his house and one thing led to another until I ended up helping him fix up his kitchen.
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one thing leads to another

if one things leads to another, a series of events happen, each one caused by the previous one (never in continuous tenses) I only asked him in for a coffee, but one thing led to another and we ended up in bed together. People don't usually decide to become spies. They agree to do someone a favour and one thing leads to another.
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One thing leads to another, The reasons are left unknown.
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In a profile of Vartan Gregorian, Hamburger wrote that, "in a library, one thing leads to another, and each point of reference becomes an act of discovery, an extension of one's own horizons" This is true, and not only in a library but in life--that is, if one is as open to the joys of discovery as is Philip Hamburger.