tipping point

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tipping point

A critical or pivotal point in a situation or process at which some small or singular influence acts as a catalyst for a broader, more dramatic, or irreversible change. The bank's implosion acted as a tipping point for the economic recession, as stock markets crashed and countless other businesses were forced into bankruptcy as a result. The execution of the rebel leaders proved to be a tipping point for the country, as the public overwhelmingly shifted to an anti-empire sentiment.
See also: point, tip

a/the ˈtipping point

the point at which, after a series of small changes, something reaches a level where it begins to change dramatically or starts to have an important effect on something/somebody : We’re at a tipping point; if we spend just a bit more, we will get a large increase in productivity.
See also: point, tip
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67% expect that the tipping point for a new global economic movement will be seen by 2025 with more trips or journeys taken via car sharing than in private cars.
People were more likely to use small windfalls of cash to treat themselves, but the tipping point came at PS648, when most (51 per cent) people said they would rather save compared with 49 per cent who said they would spend, according to online savings bank GE Capital Direct.
For the players would the tipping point be another club coming in and offering more security, better wages and a proper home ground with a real atmosphere?
Clearly, tackling these technological barriers is an important aspect of getting to the tipping point.
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The three-day convention's theme was Approaching the Tipping Point and reflects the growth and development of the commercial real estate market finance worldwide and the need to expand CMSA's mission to serve industry participants, noted the incoming association President Kent Born.
The Tipping Point looks at how something that only a few people are thinking about one day--say, the iPod, or "dignity and respect" for gay people, or Brokeback Mountain--suddenly morphs into something it seems that everyone is embracing.
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In his recent book The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell writes about how little changes can have big effects.
We hope you will journey with us as the tipping point in Catholic education dawns.
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In his best-selling book The Tipping Point, journalist Malcolm Gladwell explains why social change often happens quickly and unexpectedly, rather than slowly and incrementally as conventional wisdom would have it.
Our efforts have brought us close to the tipping point where sustained suppression of illegal crops and alternative employment incentives together will convince growers that further cultivation is a futile proposition.