slippery slope

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slippery slope (plural slippery slopes)

  1. (figuratively) 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.
    Synonyms: thin edge of the wedge, thin end of the wedge

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  • A slippery slope argument in logic, critical thinking, political rhetoric, and caselaw, is a consequentialist logical device in which a party asserts that a particular result will probably (or even must inevitably) follow from a given decision or circumstance, without necessarily providing any rational argument or demonstrable mechanism for the likelihood of the assumed consequence.


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