ripple effect

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ˈrip•ple efˌfect, n. [countable]
  • a spreading effect caused by a single action or event.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
    ripple effect′, 
  • a spreading effect or series of consequences caused by a single action or event.
  • [1965–70]

    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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