slippery slope


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.

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But skin-care routines are a slippery slope for someone with my mental makeup. Jacqueline Kantor, SELF, "How I Balance My Skin-Care Routine and My OCD Symptoms," 22 May 2019 His concerns were echoed by his conservative colleagues, including Roberts, who suggested that second guessing the president’s national security decisions would lead to a slippery slope that could render the president powerless. Liz Goodwin,, "Key Supreme Court justices appear friendly to travel ban," 25 Apr. 2018 But, just like in the U.S., there are some gun owners who believe any reform is a slippery slope to the banning of all guns. Zac Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Zealand Banned Guns After Thoughts and Prayers. Why Can’t America?," 23 Mar. 2019 Here, Walker danced without shame on a slippery slope of responsibility, one that has consumed politics, entertainment and professional sports. Ben Golliver,, "From Dolphin Ethics to Moon Landings, Lonnie Walker IV Unloads Scorching Takes," 21 June 2018 While platforms like Soundcloud can act as a slippery slope as to quantity over quality in music, Warm Digits’ remix hits the Goldilocks zone between those two extremes: it’s simply a second set of hands in service of the song. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Manic Street Preachers Talk Ownership In the Digital Era, Share Remix From Warm Digits: Premiere," 24 May 2018 This slippery slope is how entitlements always work, as economic historian John Cogan amply demonstrates in his recent book. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The GOP’s Social Security Raid," 20 Aug. 2018 Those on the opposing side contend that such assistance violates one of the core principles of their profession — do no harm — and could become a slippery slope to euthanasia. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, "The American Medical Association has long opposed assisted suicide. Is that about to change?," 10 June 2018 Those on the opposing side contend that such assistance violates one of the core principles of their profession — do no harm — and could become a slippery slope to euthanasia. Lindsey Bever,, "American Medical Association to reconsider policy against assisted suicide," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of slippery slope

1951, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of slippery slope

: a process or series of events that is hard to stop or control once it has begun and that usually leads to worse or more difficult things

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