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.

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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, BostonGlobe.com, "American Medical Association to reconsider policy against assisted suicide," 10 June 2018 But where some see a new form of medicine that eliminates genetic disease, others see a slippery slope to enhancements, designer babies and a new form of eugenics. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Google spends $1 billion on a 52-acre office park in space-constrained Silicon Valley," 27 Nov. 2018 Archaeologists have to contend with steep, soft-sided, slippery slopes. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Hominins lived in China 2.1 million years ago," 11 July 2018 There’s no feeling quite like the rush of speeding down the slippery slope into a refreshing pool of cool water. Jessica Levy, USA TODAY, "6 reasons you’re going to love the outdoors in Asheville, North Carolina," 30 Apr. 2018 But what's happening now is quickly sliding down a slippery slope toward harassment, denial of service and abusive behavior. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Targeting Trump aides: The politics of rage is out of control," 26 June 2018 His argument is one that’s been used by many religious leaders, who say that the measure would simply be a slippery slope to the proliferation of recreational marijuana. Li Zhou, Vox, "Oklahoma primary election 2018 live results: governor and medical marijuana ballot measure," 26 June 2018 This, too, is part of the slippery slope of getting in bed with the gambling aspect. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Would Adam Silver's 'integrity fee' have revealed LeBron's injury?," 11 June 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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slippery slope

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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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