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trickle away

[for a liquid] to seep or dribble away. All the water trickled away down the drain. After the last of the spilled milk had trickled away, Timmy began to cry.
See also: away, trickle

trickle down

 (to someone or something)
1. Lit. [for a liquid] to seep or dribble downward to reach someone or something. The water trickled down the wall to the floor. It trickled down very slowly.
2. Fig. [for something] to be distributed to someone or something in little bits at a time. The results of the improved economy trickled down to people at lower-income levels. Information about what happened finally trickled down to me.
See also: down, trickle

trickle in

 (to something)
1. Lit. [for a liquid] to seep or dribble into something or a place. Some of the rainwater trickled into my car through a leak. It trickled in during the night.
2. Fig. [for someone or something] to come into something or a place, a few at a time. The audience trickled into the hall little by little. They trickled in over a period of an hour or more.
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trickle out

 (of something)
1. Lit. [for a liquid] to leak or dribble out of something or a place. The oil trickled out of the engine little by little. It trickled out and made a puddle on the floor.
2. Fig. [for someone or something] to go out of something or a place, a few at a time. The dissatisfied members of the audience trickled out of the theater three and four at a time. They trickled out as the evening wore on.
See also: out, trickle

trickle through

1. Lit. [for a liquid] to seep through something. The water trickled through the cracked windowpane. They taped the glass, but the water trickled through anyway.
2. Fig. [for someone or something] to move through something little by little. The people trickled through the door into the store in far smaller numbers than we had expected. They trickled through very slowly.
See also: through, trickle

trickle down

To diffuse downward through some hierarchical structure: The sociology professor believed that money rarely trickles down from the owners of capital to the workers who toil in the factories.
See also: down, trickle
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This, my friends, explains why the meretricious theory of trickle down never worked and never will.
Wealth trickles down very poorly there and the bottom 10 percent of wage earners take in less than 4 percent of total wages.
But trickle down will only work with the help of some trickle up.
OTTAWA -- Social service agencies are experiencing a trickle down effect following cuts made last June by the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), said a draft report by Ottawa's People Services department.
In the 19th century, he wrote, there appeared a trickle of books that redefined Christian symbols and occult themes in a favourable light.
According to reports of the Trickle Up program, Anita Leroux is thirty-eight years old and has seven children.
Soon, a trickle of immigrants began leaving Norway to settle in the U.
The first products will just trickle in this year--a .
At the height-of-ground on the flow former trail through Avalanche Pass was a place known to many as Trickle Falls, the divide between the Lake Champlain and Hudson River watersheds.
One of these is the Trickle Up Program, a New York-based organization in operation since 1979.
For years there had been a trickle of Russian-trained dancers to the West.
Evidence that Jupiter's moon Europa recently had and may still contain an ocean beneath its frozen facade continues to trickle in.
For some crops, especially high-value fruits and vegetables such as strawberries or broccoli, drip or trickle irrigation frequently brings bigger yields and higher profits than better known irrigation techniques like furrow systems or overhead sprinklers.
Because of the dam, today's Colorado is a trickle compared with its former roaring self.
The entrepreneurial approach to practice development is the conceptual opposite of trickle down.