slippery slope

noun

Definition of slippery slope

  1. :  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

  1. His behavior will lead him down a slippery slope to ruin.

1951

First Known Use of slippery slope

1951


SLIPPERY SLOPE Defined for English Language Learners

slippery slope

noun

Definition of slippery slope for English Language Learners

  • : 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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