on a slippery slope

on a slippery slope

in a situation that is likely to become more difficult or complicated We started arguing, and then we got on the slippery slope of what's fair and what's not fair. So far, we have taken only the first few steps toward a society in which different people would have different rights, but we are on a slippery slope.
Usage notes: sometimes used without on: Where does this slippery slope end?
See also: on, slippery, slope
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Colin, Rugby On a slippery slope Alastair Down's fear that racing may be dumbed down in order to attract a wider audience is a near certainty in my view.
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.
At the time, opponents of the technology argued that in vitro fertilization (IVF) would take us on a slippery slope to more dangerous manipulations of human beings, with ever-graver moral implications.
Yet the company was on a slippery slope, with growth in bedliners slowing and competition strengthening.
With the economy on a slippery slope, and many industry workers concerned about their economic future, the fair offered a ray of hope in otherwise uncertain times.
We are already on a slippery slope to Soviet-style medicine, and Denne wants to add some grease - in the name of compassion.
Barthez's errors may have put him on a slippery slope with Sir Alex Ferguson but he may have handed himself an additional contract.
Watch out, warns George Will: You just might "put us on a slippery slope to the abolition of humanity.
It is in the area of specificity that we find some advocates of FT dancing on a slippery slope.
Once it becomes socially acceptable to evade taxes, we're on a slippery slope," he said.
for the government to pick up the cost, you're on a slippery slope .