snowball into (something)

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snowball into (something)

To develop quickly and progressively into something bigger, more complex, more difficult, more dangerous, etc. This whole situation could snowball into a national scandal if the press gets wind of it. It started out as an idea for a short story, but I just kept adding details and characters and plot twists to it until it snowballed into a full-blown novel.
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snowball into something

Fig. [for something] to become larger or more serious by growing like a snowball being rolled. This whole problem is snowballing into a crisis very rapidly. The argument soon snowballed into a full-blown riot.
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PRANKSTERS stopped buses in their tracks yesterday after rolling gigantic snowballs into the road.
So they had to smuggle the Snowballs into the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London's trendy Southbank Centre.
4 NATURE that an enzyme involved in the production of an intercellular messenger somehow provokes critical immune-system aggression, which then snowballs into a full-scale offensive involving not just antibodies but also the immune system's T-cells.