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snowball

noun [C] uk   /ˈsnəʊ.bɔːl/  us   /ˈsnoʊ.bɑːl/

snowball

verb [I] uk   /ˈsnəʊ.bɔːl/  us   /ˈsnoʊ.bɑːl/
If a plan, problem, idea, etc. snowballs, it quickly grows bigger and more important: I suggested a few drinks after work, and the whole thing snowballed into a company party.
Translations of “snowball”
in Korean 눈덩이, 눈뭉치…
in Arabic كُرة الثَّلْج…
in Portuguese bola de neve…
in Catalan bola de neu…
in Japanese 雪のつぶて, 雪の玉…
in Italian palla di neve…
in Chinese (Traditional) 雪球…
in Russian снежок…
in Turkish kartopu…
in Chinese (Simplified) 雪球…
in Polish śnieżka…
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