a dangerous and irreversible course: the slippery slope from narcotics to prison.
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How to use slippery slope in a sentence
This has been pitched as greasing the skids on the slippery slope to socialism, and McCarthy presided over it.‘Can I be speaker?’ Kevin McCarthy asks — for eight hours straight | Aaron Blake | November 19, 2021 | Washington Post
Having survived a slippery slope on Thin Ice, protagonist Beth Rivers has been laying low in Benedict, Alaska.
Last week, she suggested such a bill might be a slippery slope toward excessive government regulation of business.The GOP struggles with what to do on employer vaccine mandates | Aaron Blake | August 25, 2021 | Washington Post
The NCAA and 11 of its top conferences, worried that the ruling was a slippery slope toward a true open labor market for players, appealed the case to the Supreme Court, which will make its first antitrust ruling on college sports in 37 years.March Madness Is Back. And It's Going To The Supreme Court Too | Sean Gregory | March 17, 2021 | Time
Historically, conservatives treated the minimum wage as an affront to free labor and a step on a slippery slope towards statism.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage | Dmitri Mehlhorn | November 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Swiss leaders also dispel the “slippery slope” idea by repeatedly rejecting substantial minimum wage increases.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage | Dmitri Mehlhorn | November 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The slippery slope argument is a way of keeping the hands-off-the-Internet-entirely philosophy going.Congress, Big Tech Fight Over Child Prostitution Bill | Tim Mak | October 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So I found that scene to be the most “slippery slope,” in terms of how do you act that?Julianna Margulies's Favorite 'The Good Wife' Scenes | Julianna Margulies | August 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the other major issue for some critics is the idea that the Tennessee law creates a slippery slope.
Some fall to rise no more, but their surviving comrades rush up the slippery slope.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
In the drenching rain the French pushed forward, dragging their guns with great difficulty up the slippery slope.The Childrens' Story of the War, Volume 4 (of 10) | James Edward Parrott
The more active of the attackers assisted those who experienced difficulty in negotiating the slippery slope.The Dreadnought of the Air | Percy F. Westerman
Margery took hold of the rope, meanwhile gazing up the slippery slope.The Meadow-Brook Girls in the Hills | Janet Aldridge
Scrambling up a slippery slope, they were soon out of the water, on a narrow, shelving ledge running along a steep wall.The Island of Yellow Sands | E. C. [Ethel Claire] Brill
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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