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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

ripple of excitement

a series of quiet but excited murmurs. A ripple of excitement spread through the crowd. As the president came near, a ripple of excitement indicated that people could really see him.
See also: excitement, of, ripple

ripple of protest

quiet remarks protesting something; a small amount of subdued protest. There was only a ripple of protest about the new tax law. The rude comedian hardly drew a ripple of protest.
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ripple through something

 
1. Lit. to move through a liquid so as to cause ripples or tiny waves. The canoe rippled through the still water. A tiny snake rippled through the water of the swamp.
2. Fig. to move through something or a group of people in a ripple or wave motion. A murmur of excitement rippled through the crowd. Some giggling rippled through the group of children sitting by the door.
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a ripple effect

if something has a ripple effect, it affects something else, which then affects other things Court rulings often have a ripple effect, spreading into areas of law that weren't part of the original cases.
See also: effect, ripple
References in classic literature ?
The moonlight on the lawn was tremulous, as if the sward were a rippling sea.
All this Alleyne listened to, until the dark keep of Twynham towered above them in the gloaming, and they saw the red sun lying athwart the rippling Avon.
The bullfrogs trump to usher in the night, and the note of the whip-poor-will is borne on the rippling wind from over the water.
So now Della's beautiful hair fell about her, rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters.
Into the sheet of water reflecting the flushed sky in the foreground of the living picture, a knot of urchins were casting stones, and watching the expansion of the rippling circles.
The rippling of the river seemed to cause a correspondent stir in his uneasy reflections.
Newburg noted the corrugations are consistent with previous theoretical research that supports the idea that a dwarf galaxy or dark matter going through the Milky Way would produce the same rippling effect.
Saturn's C ring also features a longer rippling structure imaged by Cassini and reported earlier this year.
RIPPLING RING can restore both faith and reputation at Hereford on Monday.
They feel much more real, much more natural, and there's no rippling.
Nature photographer Stephen Trimble provided a brief visual introduction to the opening piece, Watermark, with vivid images of rippling water and rushing streams projected onto a large screen.