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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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In the first part, he explains the foundation of the domino effect as it has been playing out in the oil and gas industry, starting in the late 1990s.
history shows that the domino effect was a deeply flawed political philosophy But as yet another leading independent chain was snapped up this week by a multiple, I couldn't help thinking the analogy was spot-on when it came to explaining what is going on in the c-store market at the moment.
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David Thomson, chief executive of Close Invoice Finance, said: "Simply, this means one company's financial downfall can mean bad debt has a domino effect and will precipitate another business' collapse.
A senior Labour source said: "Wendy was about to stand down in November but was warned that her resignation could have a domino effect on Labour in London.
It was a domino effect with one person going in, the second person going after them," Sheriff Don Farley said.
Aside from city bragging rights, a Bruins victory would start a BCS domino effect that'll have everyone (again) screaming faster than a Kid Rock-Pamela Anderson split-up for a playoff.
Three cars collided when a driver created a domino effect as he pulled across the path of another car.
In New York, it's such a tight market, that if a tenant holds over in its space it has a domino effect on a lot of other parties," Jadwin said.
Now the RAC Foundation says the sudden braking of motorists driving too close to the car in front creates a domino effect which leads to traffic grinding to a halt.
The cause of the domino effect during boom times in lynx populations has been difficult to determine by radio tagging and mapping, adds Lisette Waits of the University of Idaho in Moscow.
Industry after industry is reporting lower sales and, in turn, placing fewer orders, impacting their suppliers in a domino effect that begins and ends with the American consumer.
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The economic domino effect that careened out from Wall Street after the attacks led key investors--who had lost a great deal of money in the stock market--to withdraw promises of support for the station.
The Healthcare Academy creates a domino effect of positive outcomes.