on a slippery slope

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. Advocates fear that this latest legislation will put us on a slippery slope to stifling free speech.
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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 .