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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 go to touch up the paint in one room of the house, then one thing leads to another, and you end up repainting the entire first floor. We were just going to meet for quick coffee, but one thing led to another and we spent the whole night chatting about our most personal issues.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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