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slippery slope

noun
1.
a dangerous and irreversible course:
the slippery slope from narcotics to prison.
Origin
1985-1990
1985-90
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for slippery slope
  • By excusing more and more accuracy and objectivity start down the slippery slope.
  • It would suggest to me that the incline in the slippery slope may be steeper at this point than is generally supposed.
  • Curious insects are tempted to come close and take a sip, then slide down the slippery slope to their deaths.
  • The path to water was sometimes a slippery slope for the ducklings.
  • Some bioethicists fear these pioneers are pushing humanity down that infamous slippery slope.
  • It is a slippery slope that not only has legal implications but moral ones as well.
  • Talbot never mentions that it is a slippery slope from the epidural to more serious intervention.
  • There's a tug between storytelling and the truth, and it's a slippery slope.
  • Third, if an argument uses a slippery slope that does not mean it's perforce wrong.
  • There's a slippery slope here, trading off explanatory power for triviality.
Slang definitions & phrases for slippery slope

slippery slope

noun phrase

A disastrous course; irrecoverable commitment: Active euthanasia brings with it many dicey procedural questions, and, ultimately, a slippery slope (1951+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Idioms and Phrases with slippery slope

slippery slope

A dangerous course, one that leads easily to catastrophe, as in He's on a slippery slope, compromising his values to please both the bosses and the union. This metaphoric expression alludes to traversing a slick hillside, in constant danger of falling. [ Mid-1900s ]
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
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