There are 2 main definitions of trickle down in English:

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trickle down 1

(Of wealth) gradually benefit the poorest as a result of the increasing wealth of the richest.
Example sentences
  • No longer applicable, then, is the old theory of material benefits trickling down to the poor as the economy flies.
  • There is also some debate regarding the benefits of the reforms trickling down to the lowest strata of Indian society.
  • Anything which trickles down wealth from board room to the worker must be applauded, as indeed must any scheme which encourages prudent investing and enables people to save tax.
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There are 2 main definitions of trickle down in English:

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trickle-down 2

Pronunciation:

adjective

(Of an economic system) in which the poorest gradually benefit as a result of the increasing wealth of the richest.
Example sentences
  • Before Howard started using the phrase, people who had not reaped the benefits of the trickle-down effect wouldn't have cited this elite as a group they resented.
  • Under the open-source model, scientists are free to modify the control software, creating a trickle-down effect that benefits amateurs.
  • He has a regular housekeeper, whose family thus benefits from the trickle-down effect.

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Syllabification: trick·le-down

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