slippery slope

noun

Definition of slippery slope

: a course of action that seems to lead inevitably from one action or result to another with unintended consequences

Examples of slippery slope in a Sentence

His behavior will lead him down a slippery slope to ruin.
Recent Examples on the Web Months later at Sotomayor's confirmation hearing, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the conservative Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, warned of the slippery slope of confirming justices based on the empathy standard. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 25 Mar. 2022 Months later at Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the conservative Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, warned of the slippery slope of confirming justices based on the empathy standard. Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, 25 Mar. 2022 The slippery slope of this wellness-niche is that many of these videos primarily focus on goals rooted in capitalism: landing a new job, earning more money, getting that promotion. Shayna Conde, Allure, 28 Feb. 2022 One end of the slippery slope could be disordered eating. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2021 There are legitimate grounds for concern that allowing distinctions between vaccinated and unvaccinated workers places the country at the top of a slippery slope, as my colleague David Lazarus observes. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Because of a hypothetical terrible scenario that lay at the bottom of a treacherously slippery slope. Andy Meek, BGR, 6 Aug. 2021 Perhaps not much in the overall scheme of things, although acceding to requests for royalties that never previously existed may be seen as a slippery slope to go down. Chris Willman, Variety, 16 Dec. 2021 In response, Manfrin cited potential liability if the department makes medical recommendations that are unsupported by research and the potential for a slippery slope of misinformation. oregonlive, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of slippery slope

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of slippery slope was in 1951

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Last Updated

29 Mar 2022

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“Slippery slope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slippery%20slope. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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