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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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on a slippery slope

In a situation in which some behavior or action will eventually lead to a worse form of the same behavior or action. We've been on a slippery slope of borrowing more money to pay off the debts we already owe. Activists fear that this latest legislation will put us on a slippery slope to stifling free speech.
See also: on, slippery, slope

slippery slope

a dangerous pathway or route to follow; a route that leads to trouble. The matter of euthanasia is a slippery slope with both legal and moral considerations.
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slope away from something

to slant downward and away from something. The lawn sloped away from the patio toward the riverbank. The porch sloped away from the house at a very slight angle.
See also: away, slope

slope down (to something or some place)

to slant downward toward something or some place from a higher level. The wide white beach sloped down to the azure water. The yard sloped down, making a lovely view from the living room.
See also: down, slope

slope (down) toward something

to slant downward toward something. The backyard slopes down toward the river. It slopes toward the water.
See also: slope, toward

slope up (to something)

to slant upward in the direction of something. The ramp sloped up to the door, allowing wheelchairs to enter. It sloped up rather steeply.
See also: slope, up

slippery slope

A dangerous course, one that leads easily to catastrophe, as in He's on a slippery slope, compromising his values to please both the bosses and the union . This metaphoric expression alludes to traversing a slick hillside, in constant danger of falling. [Mid-1900s]
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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.
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slippery slope

an idea or course of action which will lead inevitably to something unacceptable, wrong, or disastrous.
1998 Spectator Those of us who feared that devolution would not assuage nationalist sentiment but turn out to be the slippery slope to separatism have a good chance of being proved right.
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the slippery ˈslope

a situation or way of behaving that could quickly lead to danger, disaster, failure, etc: Starting with shoplifting, he was soon on the slippery slope towards a life of crime.
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After all permissions are acquired, it should take six months to build the slope.
During heavy raining seasons where water inflows are high, the silted drains could not discharge at design flow rate, which has caused overflow and saturating the slope consequently adding up to its weight.
The successful experience of stabilization of unstable slopes at Bansara Gali by simple augmentation of drainage measures has open vistas for adopting such simple measures in similar conditions in the mountainous areas.
16] proposed a rotational-translational mechanism, which contains three rigid blocks, for a slope with a weak layer, as shown in Figure 1.
The data of discontinuities collected from the site was then used to perform kinematic analysis using the DIPS software to propose the safe slope orientations with steepest possible face angles.
The S subfactor reflects the influence of slope gradient on erosion, and its effects on soil loss are greater than the effects of slope length (Wischmeier and Smith 1978).
It also resulted in a grade for the slope that is steeper than what is allowed when such work is authorized through a special permit.
The article you reference says the 34:1 slope is the obstacle clearance surface that's evaluated for a three-degree, 20:1 slope, not the three-degree slope itself Last, we dusted off and reviewed some long-neglected high-school trigonometry.
It includes innovative geomechanics research, such as 3-D structural modeling, and is helping mine managers minimize the risk of loss of life, equipment damage and sustained production losses in the event of slope failure.
Lady Alice claims it would cost PS50,000 for the Sport England-owned attraction to renovate the ski slope.
The SSPC system was designed by Hack (1998) specifically for slopes to classify rock masses and assess the in situ stability and probability of failure of an engineered slope constructed in that rock mass.
Brant wants the GRCA and trail organizations to close all the trails on the slope east of the lookout and below the Bell Homestead.
That was the verdict of mountaineering centre boss Martin Doyle, after 20 youngsters set up tents at-Plas-y-Brenin, in Capel Curig, Snowdonia, in protest at the closure of its ski slope.
The reactions of a slope in respect to the rain cause the relation between saturation and unsaturation results in the over land flow.
The remote-controlled cleaning fan speed is adapted for optimal performance based on calculations by the on-board electronics, which take into account the continuously measured longitudinal slope, current setting, slope variation, and time delays.