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ripple effect

The continuing impact that one thing or event has on others. She always hoped that the kindness she showed others would have a positive ripple effect through her community. Many people believe that the flapping of a butterfly's wings can cause a ripple effect that impacts weather patterns hundreds of miles away.
See also: effect, ripple
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a ˈripple effect

a situation in which an event or action has an effect on something, which then has an effect on something else: His resignation will have a ripple effect on the whole department.
A ripple is a small wave on the surface of a liquid, especially water in a lake, etc.
See also: effect, ripple
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