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domino effect


Child abuse has a domino effect that spreads to all who touch the family.
Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events (like a falling domino causing a whole row of upended dominos to fall)
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  • Child abuse has a domino effect that spreads to all who touch the family.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • Lobel said something about the domino theory, how if Vietnam fell to the Communists then the rest of Asia might fall.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • As soon as one reporter saw him, there was a domino effect-flashbulbs burst like a string of fireworks; microphones were thrust in front of him.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • "A reverberation," the announcer was saying from the living room, "that would cause a domino effect among the population, causing people to slowly go insane from the constant, unknown droning."
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever

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  • When one vowel changes, it has a kind of domino effect on the others.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • If just one of them moved, I thought, the domino effect could engulf the three of us in an asphyxiating mass of literature.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • They weren’t yet visible, but the lieutenant had passed the word down through a whisper that was relayed like a domino effect: "Fire on my command."
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • But it was John Kennedy who ordered a gradual escalation in the number of troops since taking office, hoping to ensure that Vietnam did not fall to communism and thus perhaps begin a domino effect that would see other Asian nations turn their backs on democracy.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Brew said the same thing about the domino theory.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
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Associated words [difficulty]:   domino effect [8]
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