from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the economic theory that financial benefits accorded to big businesses and wealthy investors will pass down to profit smaller businesses and consumers.

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  • adj. Describing the theory that financial benefits given to the wealthy will somehow be passed down to the poor
  • adj. That flows, especially in limited quantity, from the highly placed to others.


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  • �trickle-down economics� founded on the fundamental principle that if you tax the richest people in a nation even less then they will actually volunteer to pay income tax, spend more of their wealth in the country and, eventually, some of that money will trickle-down to the lower levels in society and, somehow, the money spent will improve the standard of living of the poorest. news business sport the Daily Telegraph newspaper Sunday Telegraph

  • In Washington, he said, they call trickle-down economics the Ownership Society, but what it really means is you’re on your own.


  • Many have proposed the idea to decrease taxes on the rich and allow a system called the trickle-down effect to happen, where money and taxes will be dispersed across an entire economic system.

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  • U.S. Video: Dorothy Rodham, mother of Hillary Clinton dies U.S. Video: Plane carrying 230 lands without wheels in Poland Report Abuse Don't pee on my head and call it "trickle-down" economics.

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  • Supply-side economics, popularized by Ronald Reagan, was also called Voo-doo economics by George Bush41, and is now often known as trickle-down economics.

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  • Politics Video: Obama praises Clinton's mother Dorothy Rodham Politics Video: Obama Talks Oil and Gas With Texas Station KTRK Report Abuse Don't pee on my head and call it "trickle-down" economics.

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  • That is the view of Geoff Mesher, a forensic accountant whose Transfer Tracker has been watching the diminishing trickle-down from the Premier League to the rest of the football pyramid with a wince.

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  • This corruption, he said, "has a trickle-down effect to every single religious community in the world."

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  • When the trickle-down from the developers means the politicians want Constellation, how can Metro staff possibly recommend a Santa Monica alignment?

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  • Lots of things we have done and keep doing haven't worked one bit ... like a private health insurance industry not subject to antitrust laws or following a deregulatory trickle-down economic model for free market capitalism.

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