American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events: the domino effect of increasing the speed limit in one of several contiguous states.
- n. The situation in which one event sets off a chain of additional events.
- n. politics, historical The theory that, if South Vietnam fell to Communism, it would be followed by Cambodia, Laos, and additional South Asian countries.
- n. 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)
- An allusion to a row of dominoes in which the fall of one leads to a cascade of falling pieces (Wiktionary)
- From the fact that a row of dominoes stood on end will fall in succession if the first one is knocked over. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Citibank was trying to avoid Zaïre’s default on its external debt, which could have a domino effect on Third World lending.”
“As other rationales for the Iraq War evaporated—WMD, peace between Israel and the Palestinians, a democratic domino effect around the Middle East—the administration and some in the U.S. military started trying to make a virtue of the fact that foreign jihadists were flocking to the Iraq conflict, leaning on the so-called “flypaper” theory that terrorists would be drawn to Iraq like bugs to a strip, only to be killed or captured there.”
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