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trickle-down

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˌtrɪk.l̩ˈdaʊn/ us  
used to refer to 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.
Translations of “trickle-down”
in Chinese (Traditional) 滴入式的,涓滴式的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 滴入式的,涓滴式的…
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