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English definition of “slippery slope”

slippery slope

noun [S]    
a bad situation or habit that, after it has started, is likely to get very much worse: You're on a slippery slope once you start lying about your age!Deteriorating and making worse
(Definition of slippery slope noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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