snowball effect


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snowball effect

A situation in which the results or consequences of an action grow at an increasingly faster rate over time. Once the video game hit the market, word of mouth caused a snowball effect that made it the most popular and top grossing game of all time. She ignored her debt for so long that now, she's experiencing a snowball effect that threatens to crush her financially.
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"I called out the racists in the hope every footballer with a family, and in touch with their conscience, will also make a stand and the snowball effect will spare future generations from such prehistoric attitudes.
He said they are mainly relying on the help of their volunteers on their campaign and they hope that they are able to 'create a snowball effect' that would catapult them to victory in the May 13 elections.
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The incidents triggered a snowball effect as thousands of students made their journeys back home after the unrelenting attacks.
Summary: Recent arrests made on charges of corruption could lead to a snowball effect after the seizure of cellphones belonging to two men arrested in connection to security personnel linked to manipulating judicial files, a judicial source predicted Monday.
With this we are aiming to create a snowball effect, there will be more and more YOTA events all over the world.
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There have been other big names coming to the town and our profile has been enhanced with the City of Culture bid, something that is very useful when attracting people to the town.This Positive Paisley vision is continuing and has a snowball effect.
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The hope was that this would have a snowball effect, helping students in other areas of their life where numeracy is important.
GARETH BALE has warned Chris Coleman's side they can't afford to slip-up as he seeks the snowball effect that could lead Wales to the World Cup.
But the BGA said there was a good possibility that a Brexit could have a snowball effect in the mid-term, leading other countries in the EU with strong euroskeptic populations to also hold referendums on their membership in the bloc.
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"There have been moves in the past and it reminds me of a snowball effect, it grows.
"It's a snowball effect which runs through the whole club."