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trickle down

1. Of a liquid, to flow or seep downward in drops or a thin stream. As the ice cream melted, it began tricking down Billy's arm. After dropping the jug, he just watched helplessly as all the wine trickled down the steps of the porch.
2. To distribute, pass, or diffuse to people lower on a hierarchical structure. The famous economical model posits that, should the wealthy be allowed to make as much money as possible, it will trickle down to everyone else in society. You're deluding yourself if you think power within the company is going to trickle down to you just because you're regional manager now.
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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.
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trickle down

v.
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.
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Local communities complain that little money has trickled down to the region, despite being the site of Iran's largest oil and gas fields.
The total economic loss to the region has been so far estimated between $30 and $40 million, and the effect has trickled down to businesses reliant on the industry all along the coast.
But thousands of Mexico's middle-class business people have trickled down into poverty since these North Americans opened their doors, and the incomes and living standards of the poor have only diminished further.
The rule then trickled down to the colleges and high schools.
Buffett's legendary decency has not necessarily trickled down to the hired help.
"The reason why our economic growth has not trickled down to the poor is because it's purely consumer driven, fuelled mostly by the remittances of our OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers), so ang yumayaman ang mga malls, ang mga tindahan and some services," Marcos noted.
By the 18th century this trend in the codes of laughter had become visible in social behavior of the urban elite, and trickled down to the rest of Dutch society.
In the decade or so since, individual bishops have spoken out on this subject, some quite splendidly, but little of their social-justice teaching has trickled down to the Catholics in the pews.