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    If something, like an event, has a knock-on effect, it can triggers off several other events eg. if you're late for the first meeting of the afternoon, you'll probably be late for all of them, then you won't be able to pick your kids at school and it will take even more time to go and pick them at their grandma' etc.

    I believe it's mainly UK; what would you say in US?

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    How about 'chain reaction'? :)

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    Yes, that's the same idea. 'Chain reaction' conjures up nuclear fission and the likes to me, though
    Maybe there are more 'neutral' terms or expressions for not so important mishaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    If something, like an event, has a knock-on effect, it can triggers off several other events eg. if you're late for the first meeting of the afternoon, you'll probably be late for all of them, then you won't be able to pick your kids at school and it will take even more time to go and pick them at their grandma' etc.

    I believe it's mainly UK; what would you say in US?

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    I can't think of an AE synonym. We have domino effect, but one wouldn't use it as you used "knock-on". :wink:

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    Anyway, the domino effect is largely unproven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Anyway, the domino effect is largely unproven.
    Try setting up thousands of dominos. I think you'll change your mind. :wink:

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