Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “one thing leads to another”

one thing leads to another

If one thing leads to another, there is a series of events in which each event was caused by the previous one: At first, we were just dancing together, but one thing led to another, and I ended up in bed with him.Causing things to happen Grammar:Thing and stuffGrammar:ThingWe use the general noun thing more commonly in speaking than in writing.Grammar:StuffStuff is one of the most common nouns in speaking. It is more informal than thing. It is not at all common in writing.
(Definition of one thing leads to another from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Causing things to happen, but you might be interested in these topics from the Causing and forcing topic area:

Definitions of “one thing leads to another” in other dictionaries

Translations of “one thing leads to another”

Word of the Day

as husband and wife

in the same way as two people who are married

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More