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domino effect

A phenomenon in which an initial event causes a series of other related events to occur, much like the sequence seen in toppling dominos; a chain reaction. The convenience store's decision to stop selling tobacco products caused a domino effect throughout the industry, leading other chains to quickly follow suit. When I took one book out of the bookcase, it caused a domino effect, causing all of the others to topple over.
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a domino effect

COMMON A domino effect is a situation where one event causes a series of similar events. The accident created a domino effect, causing about 10 other bikes to crash and injuring 14 other people. Unused houses deteriorate rapidly, affecting the value of nearby homes; in a domino effect, the entire neighborhood can easily fall victim. Note: This expression was first used in the 1950s by an American political commentator to describe what some people thought would happen if one country in a region became Communist: they believed that the other countries in that area would also `fall' to the Communists. The image is of a row of upright dominoes (= small, rectangular games pieces with different numbers of dots on them); if one falls, it knocks the next one over and so on, until all of them have fallen over.
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Summary: Anti-government protests that toppled rulers in Tunisia and Egypt will not spread to Algeria in a "domino effect" across the region, Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said in an interview published Sunday.
Dubai With the continuation of the "domino effect" of the Tunisian protests held late last December followed by the massive demonstrations in Egypt across nearly all the region, the situation in Arab countries will never return to the pre-December status, analysts say.
The domino effect acquires another dimension with the uprising of the Egyptian people following the uprising of the Tunisian people, and what is being witnessed throughout the Arab region in terms of the chain reaction in more than one state enjoying different conditions and situations in major objective and structural ways.
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"The real worry in Nato circles - if the Dutch were to pull out - would be that it might start a domino effect. No Nato country in the last eight years has pulled out from Afghanistan completely yet," he said.
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