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trickle down

 (to someone or something)
1. Lit. [for a liquid] to seep or dribble downward to reach someone or something. The water trickled down the wall to the floor. It trickled down very slowly.
2. Fig. [for something] to be distributed to someone or something in little bits at a time. The results of the improved economy trickled down to people at lower-income levels. Information about what happened finally trickled down to me.
See also: down, trickle

trickle down

v.
To diffuse downward through some hierarchical structure: The sociology professor believed that money rarely trickles down from the owners of capital to the workers who toil in the factories.
See also: down, trickle
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so that the benefits of CPEC could trickle down to the common man.
For the money to trickle down to businesses and households banks have to clean up their balance sheets and governments have to act to lower their risk aversion.
Trickle down economics is not so much a legislative policy and more a law of nature.
WASHINGTON -- Federal regulators on Friday banned excessive fuel surcharges by railroads and imposed strict rules on the fees that many companies this week credited with bolstering their quarterly earnings, though the savings were unlikely to trickle down to consumers.
There is a trickle down effect of energy prices through all goods and services," said Kenneth McCarthy, an economist at Cushman & Wakefield.
According to a source based in the South, producers of primary PET have announced price increases, but they have yet to trickle down to the secondary market.
That rich people will spend their money, which eventually will trickle down to the poor.
So, finally trickle down became clear-as the rest of us were getting squeezed mercilessly at the gas pump, profits were trickling down into the coffers of the oil companies.
making our customers more profitable, helping them make theirs more profitable and reap the trickle down effect.
The obvious trickle down effect of all this success means that more money will be spent in radio.
Although fashion trends from influential European textile shows in Milan and Paris will eventually trickle down into color cosmetics, the process can take at least six months to reach beauty products, according to experts.
Virgin producers are expected to seek more increases in 2004, which will trickle down to recycled resins.
If only that oil money could actually trickle down to the people and communities who need it most--the 1.
It's only a matter of time before HIPAA guidelines trickle down and are required for all firms handling confidential private data.