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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.
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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.
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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.
See also: ripple, through

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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RIPPLING RING can restore both faith and reputation at Hereford on Monday.
Rippling Ring was branded a possible Champion Hurdle contender last autumn after his invigorating fifth in the Supreme Novices' Hurdle.
Rippling Ring travelled ominously well on his seasonal debut on Merseyside, but found absolutely zilch on the bridle and finished fifth.
Her boyfriend (Damien Welch) jumps to save her, but she floats off into the darkness and he dances a grieving solo of rippling floor movements and yearning jumps.
a) and (2) Is adequate fill by the tilt test useful clinically to help reduce the incidence of postoperative rippling and wrinkling in saline implants?
Using optimum saline fill criteria specific to shaped breast implants, all fill volumes were within the manufacturer's recommended range, and not a single patient required re-operation for visible rippling or wrinkling in the breast.