one thing leads to another


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one thing leads to another

One action has triggered others, especially those that are unplanned or unforeseen. You know how it is: you try to make one small improvement to your house, but then one thing leads to another, and you end up repainting the entire first floor. We were just going to meet for coffee, but one thing led to another and we spent the whole night walking around the city and talking.
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One thing leads to another.

One event sets things up for another event, and so on. (As an explanation of how little things lead to big problems.) I kept spending more and more money until I was broke. You know how one thing leads to another. He bought a car, then a house, then a boat. One thing leads to another.
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one thing leads to another

COMMON You say one thing leads to another when you are describing something that happens, to say that one event or activity causes another. I never thought I'd be a president, but after they closed down the university where I was a professor, I became a kind of spokesman. One thing led to another and so here I am today.
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ˌone thing leads to aˈnother

(informal) used to suggest that the way one event or action leads to others is so obvious that it does not need to be stated: He offered me a ride home one night, and, well, one thing led to another and now we’re engaged!
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One thing leads to another, The reasons are left unknown.
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One thing leads to another, the god Jupiter descends from the heavens, there's a battle, fireworks, clanking chains and everyone lives happily ever after.
One thing leads to another, and the two sneak off to spend the next 24 hours together.
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Once one sets off on this slippery slope, one thing leads to another.
One thing leads to another and the result is a fairly ordinary affair.
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