Meaning of knock-on effect in English:

knock-on effect


  • A secondary, indirect, or cumulative effect.

    ‘a decline in butterflies would have a knock-on effect on other British species’
    • ‘The staff shortages have a number of knock-on effects.’
    • ‘The lenders' reluctance could have a knock-on effect throughout the economy.’
    • ‘A devaluation of the yen seems inevitable, with knock-on effects on all its trading partners.’
    • ‘The plight of the reinsurers will have a knock-on effect on insurance markets everywhere.’
    • ‘The knock-on effect of the return of the archaeologists will be a more secure environment for these antiquities.’