snowball

snowball
snowball snow‧ball [ˈsnəʊbɔːl ǁ ˈsnoʊbɒːl] verb [intransitive]
to grow or increase at a faster and faster rate:

• Our sales in Europe have snowballed.

snowball into

• `Primary Colors' snowballed into one of the biggest-selling books of the year.

— snowballing adjective [only before a noun] :

• a scheme to cover his snowballing losses

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snowball UK US /ˈsnəʊbɔːl/ verb [I]
to quickly grow bigger or more important: »

The problems were apparent in April, and the situation seems to have snowballed from there.

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When the market began to tumble, it caused her losses to snowball.

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What began in the US as the 'dress-down Friday' trend has snowballed.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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