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verb ripple pronunciation in American English /ˈrɪp(ə)l/
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present tense
present participlerippling
past tenserippled
past participlerippled
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if a liquid ripples, or if something ripples it, it moves gently in small waves

    A slight wind rippled the lake’s surface.

    1. a.
      to move like waves, or to make something move like waves

      You could see his muscles rippling under his T-shirt.

      A light breeze rippled the trees.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] if a feeling or sound ripples through someone or through a group of people, it spreads gradually
    ripple around/through:

    Laughter rippled around the room.

    Polly flinched at the thrill that rippled through her.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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