slippery slopeslippery slope
a course or situation regarded as easily or inevitably leading to further decline or deterioration
A tricky precarious situation, especially one that leads gradually but inexorably to disaster: “[Without] a clear boundary to confer personhood on a human being &ellipsis; we approach a slippery slope that ends in the disposal of inconvenient people” (Steven Pinker).
(plural slippery slopes)
- (idiomatic) A chain of events that, once initiated, cannot be halted; especially one in which the final outcome is undesirable or precarious.
- I think basing your actions off an assumption like that is a slippery slope that is going to get you in trouble.
- An argument that follows a chain of events or causes and effects to some conclusion.