Learn English – Expression for when you’ve fixed something, but something else breaks? And repeatedly


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.

Best Answer

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.