slippery slope

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slippery slope

n.
A tricky precarious situation, especially one that leads gradually but inexorably to disaster: "[Without] a clear boundary to confer personhood on a human being ... we approach a slippery slope that ends in the disposal of inconvenient people" (Steven Pinker).

slip′pery slope′


n.
a dangerous and irreversible course: the slippery slope from narcotics to prison.
[1875–80]
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In his zeal to overcome the classification of all slippery slope arguments as fallacies, he ultimately narrows down the slippery slope fallacy until it becomes almost an endangered species.