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.
The people opposed to reform of the Suicide Act know it is the slippery slope towards euthanasia of the elderly and infirm.
Colin, Rugby On a slippery slope Alastair Down's fear that racing may be dumbed down in order to attract a wider audience is a near certainty in my view.
5) as "irreversible brain damage" is a slippery slope.
My main worry is all the teams in Division Three are improving while we are going down a very slippery slope.
The return of Silver Blades will prevent thousands of youngsters taking the slippery slope towards teenage delinquency.
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When they issued their infamous Winnipeg Statement in 1968, it was the Canadian Catholic bishops who laid the foundations for such widespread scandal and, by obstinately refusing to rescind the Statement, they have no moral claim to rebuke Catholic politicians who are merely sliding along behind them, down the slippery slope of disobedience.
Archbishop Andrew Hutchison and Bishop Frank Griswold seem to be bent on going it alone and taking us with them down this slippery slope into obscurity, separation and divorce.
I understand it's a slippery slope," says John Kellmayer, the Brooklawn superintendent.
With the economy on a slippery slope, and many industry workers concerned about their economic future, the fair offered a ray of hope in otherwise uncertain times.
However, since September 11, 2001, educational institutions have slid down the slippery slope in doling out student information when solicited by the FBI and now the Pentagon.