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.
See also: another, lead, one, thing

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!
See also: another, lead, one, thing
References in classic literature ?
Straight from his fortress he answered: "I seem rather unaccommodating, but I have some experience of life, and know how one thing leads to another. I am afraid that your sister had better sleep at the hotel.
He returns home suddenly and she covers by going for a drink with him, and then one thing leads to another...
YPT suggests an appropriate age or grade range for each show: The Code, for example, is recommended for "Grades 8-12 I Ages 13 & up"; The 26 Letter Dance is appropriate for "JK-Grade 5 I Ages 4-8"; and One Thing Leads to Another is "for ages 3-12 months." Months.
One thing leads to another, and, eventually, she has more ideas than she has time to carry them out.
The pair start opening up to each other and one thing leads to another. When someone else turns up out of the blue, everyone in the house is horrified.
The pair start opening up to each other and one thing leads to another. When someone else turns up out of the blue, Sharon invites Keanu for lunch everyone in the house is horrified.
They end up falling on the couch, and one thing leads to another."
One thing leads to another and soon he is trying foods that he'd never have dreamed of trying before.
When Dev returns from a back wax he suggests numbing his pain by raiding the mini bar, and one thing leads to another...
Hapless slacker Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) meets journalist Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl) in a night club and one thing leads to another. Fast-forward eight weeks ...
One thing leads to another and she is photographed with Manhattan fashionistas at a gala event, and as a new persona, Liz becomes the toast of the town, blogging about fashion and making appearances in vintage couture, thanks to a secretive grandmother who happens to own a closet full of classic collector clothing that her designer friend updates with a modern flare.
One thing leads to another and they wind up kissing.
Of course, this being Emmerdale, one thing leads to another and Rhona tipsily plants a platonic kiss on Paddy's lips as she leaves.
Indeed, one thing leads to another. Tipton recently lit a program for San Francisco Ballet that included a piece by Christopher Wheeldon.
We approach it with an empty slate, and as it develops things get exciting, you hear other things, one thing leads to another, and it's really a fun way to build music as opposed to the old traditional linear style." Meaning you guys are not a rock band, but rather an electronica outfit?