the slippery slope

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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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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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References in classic literature ?
It had lasted only seconds, Bert was dancing on the edge of the slippery slope and mocking the vanquished who had slid impotently to the bottom.
If the No people win then Wales will be on the slippery slope to oblivion and will be demoted to become a mere county and not a country in the UK.
Look at the front pages of popular tabloids and you realise it isn't just racing that's on the slippery slope.
The return of Silver Blades will prevent thousands of youngsters taking the slippery slope towards teenage delinquency.
Didn't he realize the slippery slope he'd be heading down by hanging around Kwame Brown too long?
Canadians have been told, openly and persistently, by their own legal experts, that the slippery slope is real.
Taking a detailed look at nutrition, Okie describes the rationale for a balanced diet, the dangers of fast food, and the slippery slope of increasing portion sizes, giving parents and families a clear picture of what has gone wrong in children's nutritional environment.
He will show men that small wars can lead to terrible consequences, and set men on the slippery slope of self-destruction.
While proponents saw the "local option" as a compromise, which would have allowed lay and clergy on both sides of the issue to live and function together until a greater consensus could be achieved, the concession was seen by the opposition as "blessing sin" and therefore as a precipitous slide down the slippery slope of moral accommodation, not only with culture and society, but with the law of the land.
At some point, the investments must be made and if one is too far down the slippery slope of obsolescence, the cost to improve becomes too great.
The slippery slope is in some ways a helpful metaphor, but as with many metaphors, it starts by enriching our vision and ends by clouding it.
Stressing that true Christianity aims to redeem sexuality, not repress it, Purity of Heart points the way to redemption of the body through Jesus Christ, warns against "legalized sin" and the slippery slope of ignoring or minimizing the repercussions of adultery, the importance of honoring the body, the task of building a culture of purity, and much more.
The person at the top of the slippery slope thinks that the person at the bottom is wrong, immoral and maybe ridiculous.
Because in the mind of the holy GOP, the slippery slope of sexual privacy slides both ways.
However, since September 11, 2001, educational institutions have slid down the slippery slope in doling out student information when solicited by the FBI and now the Pentagon.