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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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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.
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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.
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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?
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a slippery slope

a situation or habit that is likely to lead to a worse situation or habit If you let kids stay up late a few nights you're on a slippery slope. My advice is to keep away from all drugs. It's a slippery slope.
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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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Sloper is very pedantic and careful; he seeks to remain fair in all situations and to avoid severity.
I guess to be frank the gamble lies on my shoulders financially," Sloper said.
Sloper believes Morris is courting Catherine only to get her inheritance and threatens to disinherit her if she marries him.
A FUNNY Folks which appeared in 1874 was the first British comic and the first comic strip hero was Mr Ally Sloper and his oddly-titled Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday which ran from 1884 to 1916.
A Martell Grand National win would be even more sensational, as you have to go back to Ally Sloper in 1915, to trace a winning six-year-old.
Sloper grieves his wife's long-ago passing and privately complains that his daughter lacks her mother's grace and beauty.
Changes can be made to the software and maintenance can be carried out without delays," explained Phil Sloper, national practice manager for knowledge management, CSC.
Brian Edwards, dealer principal at the retailer on Sloper Road, comments: "The Vauxhall Free Fuel event will come as welcome news to motorists looking for a new vehicle this spring.
Barry Keane plays the part of wealthy widowed surgeon Dr Austin Sloper.
The air on Sloper Road was bitter, but perhaps not quite as bitter as the atmosphere in the Cardiff City boardroom the evening before.
Ally Sloper, right, of Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday (1884) was our first comic strip hero.
Period drama with Jennifer Jason Leigh as New Yorker Catherine Sloper, repeatedly told by her father Dr Sloper (Albert Finney) that she's the plainest of plain Janes.
Photo: The awkward, well-to-do Catherine Sloper (Cherry Jones) is courted by Morris Townsend (Michael Cumpsty) in the Tony Award-winning ``The Heiress,'' now at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
But during the planning process, concerns were raised by Glamorgan Archives about parking and the access road and councillors and the council's parks department who have concerns about drainage from the site affecting the neighbouring Sloper Road allotments.
Liz Sloper also helps and one child said: "She lets me go on Word Shack and has helped me be a better reader.