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Is there an expression for the situation where you've just fixed something, only to find out that your fix broke something else? So you fix that something else, and another thing breaks. And so on and so forth?

Totally inspired by my current work at my job.

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The technical term is life. And only ends with death. –  RegDwigнt May 3 '12 at 15:53
+1 This is fun! I mean, finding a word, not the predicament. –  Kris May 3 '12 at 16:00
I had a friend who used to call this type of situation "irrefixable." –  KitFox May 3 '12 at 16:48
@KitFox That'd be, if the same thing kept breaking down, instead. –  Kris May 3 '12 at 16:58
Let me guess: you work in software? –  J.R. May 3 '12 at 17:57

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The software industry term of art for the basic fix-causes-breakage phenomenon is regression. Hence the derived term regression testing, in which one is testing whether any fixes one made broke something else.

The ongoing chain isn't commonly discussed, but cascade regression immediately comes to mind to describe it.

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Sounds like a chain reaction.

A chain reaction is a sequence of reactions where a reactive product or by-product causes additional reactions to take place.

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If you wanted to be all modern businessy about it, you might call it a chain reaction of pain points. –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 May 3 '12 at 16:05
A chain reaction doesn't produce an opposite effect! You fixed something -- and presto! something else broke. –  Kris May 3 '12 at 16:51
Else I'd have cried "domino effect!" –  Kris May 3 '12 at 16:53

If I want to sound like a super nerd, I might say

iteratively concealed problem unfolding

Since you are not looking for one word, I believe the you could use it.

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