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    #1

    something is both a cause and a result of another thing

    Hello

    Is there an idiom and an expression which means something is both a cause and a result of another thing?

    Example: Poverty causes drug addiction. Drug addiction causes poverty.

    I know I can use terms like "mutually impact" or "correlation" but I am looking for a specific expression or idiom.

    Thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: something is both a cause and a result of another thing

    Two sides of the same coin?

    Please see this COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary entry.

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    #3

    Re: something is both a cause and a result of another thing

    For bad things, it's a "vicious circle."

    a sequence of reciprocal cause and effect in which two or more elements intensify and aggravate each other, leading inexorably to a worsening of the situation

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    Re: something is both a cause and a result of another thing

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    For bad things, it's a "vicious circle."
    Yes but only extremely bad things.

    I'm looking for something that works in different situations.

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    #5

    Re: something is both a cause and a result of another thing

    How can I use "reciprocal cause and effect" in a sentence?

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    #6

    Re: something is both a cause and a result of another thing

    Poverty and drug addiction have a reciprocal cause-effect relationship ?

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    #7

    Re: something is both a cause and a result of another thing

    That works.
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    Re: something is both a cause and a result of another thing

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    That works.

    Thanks. And are there other expressions with the same meaning?

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    #9

    Re: something is both a cause and a result of another thing

    A catch-22 situation
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: something is both a cause and a result of another thing

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    A catch-22 situation
    I'm looking for something a bit more formal.

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