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English definition of “snowball”

snowball

verb [I]     /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.Increasing and intensifying
(Definition of snowball verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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