in the wake of something

in the wake of (something)

In the aftermath of something, often as a consequence. In the wake of the scandal, several committee members resigned.
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in the wake of something

COMMON If an event, especially an unpleasant one, follows in the wake of a previous event, it happens after the earlier event, often as a result of it. The trouble at Shotts prison follows in the wake of unrest at several prisons in England. He remained in office until 1985 when he resigned in the wake of a row with the Socialist government.
See also: of, something, wake

in the wake of somebody/something

coming after and resulting from somebody/something; behind somebody/something: Disease began spreading in the wake of the floods.The tourists left all sorts of rubbish in their wake. OPPOSITE: in advance (of something)
As a ship moves through the water, it leaves a wake (= disturbed water) behind it.
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