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English definition of “trickle-down”

trickle-down

adjective [before noun]     /ˌtrɪk.l̩ˈdaʊn/
describes a situation in which something that starts in the high parts of a system spreads to the whole of the system : The supposed trickle-down effect of lower taxes for the rich has not yet resulted in greater prosperity for society as a whole .Outcomes and consequences
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