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noun

a dangerous and irreversible course: the slippery slope from narcotics to prison.

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Origin of slippery slope

First recorded in 1985–90
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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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