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ripple effect

The continuing impact that one thing or event has on others. She always hoped that the kindness she showed others would have a positive ripple effect through her community. Many people believe that the flapping of a butterfly's wings can cause a ripple effect that impacts weather patterns hundreds of miles away.
See also: effect, ripple

a ˈripple effect

a situation in which an event or action has an effect on something, which then has an effect on something else: His resignation will have a ripple effect on the whole department.
A ripple is a small wave on the surface of a liquid, especially water in a lake, etc.
See also: effect, ripple
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We have realised more than NOK 200 million out of NOK 450 million in announced local and regional ripple effects in the development phase.
Each decision to attend or not attend a conference, to renew or not renew a membership, to become fully or even partially involved, has ripple effects.
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This is the type of breakthrough that has substantial ripple effects for devices and applications to come.
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The investment also generates ripple effects in the state's collection of tax revenue, consumer spending and gross domestic product.
Any change in UC's use of the test could have ripple effects nationwide.
The economic impact of the commercial casino gaming industry has ripple effects throughout the economy.
In addition to providing thousands of direct jobs in the state, the industry is an important contributor to state and local government finances, including the corporate taxes it generates, the personal income taxes that its workers contribute, the sales taxes generated by purchases of its products and the taxes collected by the industry's ripple effects on employment and income in other sectors.
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