Definition of “trickle-down” - English Dictionary

“trickle-down” in Business English

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trickle-downadjective [ before noun ]

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ECONOMICS relating to the idea that poor people experience positive effects when rich people get richer and spend more money:

The Westernized elite dominate economically, but there is no trickle-down economic benefit to the urban poor.
Trickle-down economics posits that tax cuts for the wealthy indirectly enrich others.

relating to a situation in which something that starts at the top of an organization, system, etc. spreads to all of it:

When retailers are not selling goods, there is a trickle-down effect, and we will see a broader slowdown across many sectors.

(Definition of “trickle-down” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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