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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It had lasted only seconds, Bert was dancing on the edge of the slippery slope and mocking the vanquished who had slid impotently to the bottom.
Summary: The slippery slope on which Iran has chosen to once again embark can only result in disaster for it.
SEAMUS COLEMAN is relieved to see his old club Sligo Rovers wriggle free of 'a slippery slope'.
Still getting his head around his role as Marion's liquor commissioner, Mayor Mike Absher discussed amending the liquor license for the Drury Inn and the "slippery slope" of licensing more gaming establishments.
Akel sought no permission to publicly state its political positions and opinions, Kyprianou said, noting that his party would not follow Anastasiades and Disy down "this slippery slope."
She said it is a slippery slope when Muslims are stereotyped and mischaracterized, sometimes deliberately by those who engage in hate speech.
The Pakistani envoy said it is a slippery slope when Muslims are stereotyped and mischaracterized, sometimes deliberately by those who engage in hate speech.
THE Duke of Cambridge has said the support of his air ambulance colleagues helped stop him sliding down a "slippery slope" towards mental health problems.
PRINCE William has told how the support of air ambulance colleagues kept him from a "slippery slope" to mental health problems.
The ABI's Mark Shepherd says: "Without the right cover, consumers could be on a slippery slope to a major financial headache."
Such political resistance is typically explained as a result of the enormous power of the National Rifle Association (hereafter NRA), and the "larger strategy that the NRA has employed for nearly a decade: Cast all increased regulation of guns as a step on the slippery slope to the Second Amendment Armageddon" (Scherer 2013b).
A judge warned 22-year-old Enright not to fall down a "slippery slope" of drug dealing before sending him to prison for 30 months.