a slippery slope

slippery slope

A situation in which some behavior or action will eventually lead to a worse form of the same behavior or action, or a disastrous outcome. Eating that piece of cake is a slippery slope that could lead to you completely abandoning your diet. Verbal abuse is often a slippery slope that leads to physical abuse.
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a slippery slope

COMMON A slippery slope is a course of action which is likely to lead to failure or serious trouble. It's a slippery slope. You give in to one demand and soon find that you're doing exactly what they want. The company started down the slippery slope of believing that they knew better than the customer, with the inevitable disastrous results. Note: You can also say that someone is on a slippery slope or on the slippery slope. These young people may already be on the slippery slope to criminality.
See also: slippery, slope
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THERE will always be those who fear that any increase in the powers of the Welsh Government and the National Assembly amounts to a slippery slope.
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A WOULD-BE rally racer is driving himself down a slippery slope, a judge warned.
My concern is that this is a slippery slope which will see people forced to stay in work for financial reasons.
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Firstly, it might revive the 'slippery slope' argument, according to which if you give the Assembly greater powers, you are inevitably on a slippery slope to independence.
IT WILL be a slippery slope to success for Birmingham schoolchildren as a major skiing race returns to the city.
But critics of the new CDC initiative warn that, when handled poorly, it's a slippery slope from "targeted prevention" to the sort of plain scapegoating those laws represent.
But it's a slippery slope because once a CEO accepts the argument that he or she has a "social responsibility," the activists will argue that the elimination of poverty and disease, the dismantling of discrimination and the promotion of religious freedom are the responsibility of the corporation.
The state of separation between church and state in this country is certainly swiftly going down a slippery slope, l commend your efforts to confront the issues in these difficult political times.
It's a slippery slope to intolerance: should we want just one point of view represented?
I understand it's a slippery slope," says John Kellmayer, the Brooklawn superintendent.
Equipment and Entrenchment, however, implicitly suggests that the collecting of art, its estimation and installation, is guided by its literal projection elsewhere; and that the move from projection to perception to valuation is a slippery slope.