WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ˈrip•ple efˌfect, n. [countable]
a spreading effect caused by a single action or event.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

ripple effect n
  1. the repercussions of an event or situation experienced far beyond its immediate location

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