• The Slippery Slide
    The Slippery Slide
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj slippery causing or tending to cause things to slip or slide "slippery sidewalks","a slippery bar of soap","the streets are still slippy from the rain"
    • adj slippery not to be trusted "how extraordinarily slippery a liar the camera is"- James Agee"
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Slippery Elm. Red Elm Slippery Elm. Red Elm

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the "Princess Diaries" when the main character is talking to her friend while walking up and down a bench, she falls which portrays her clumsey character. That wasn't on purpose, though. It was raining and the bench was very slippery and she fell for real. If you watch that scene, it will make perfect sense consdering the way they were laughing and how the princess told her friend to keep talking. The director liked it, so he kept it.
    • Slippery Having the quality opposite to adhesiveness; allowing or causing anything to slip or move smoothly, rapidly, and easily upon the surface; smooth; glib; as, oily substances render things slippery .
    • Slippery Liable to slip; not standing firm.
    • Slippery Not affording firm ground for confidence; as, a slippery promise. "The slippery tops of human state."
    • Slippery Not easily held; liable or apt to slip away. "The slippery god will try to loose his hold."
    • Slippery Uncertain in effect.
    • Slippery Unstable; changeable; mutable; uncertain; inconstant; fickle. "The slippery state of kings."
    • Slippery Wanton; unchaste; loose in morals.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • slippery Having such smoothness of surface as to cause slipping or sliding, or to render grip or hold difficult; not affording firm footing or secure hold.
    • slippery Hence That cannot be depended on or trusted; uncertain; untrustworthy; apt to play one false; dishonest: as, he is a slippery person to deal with; slippery politicians.
    • slippery Liable to slip or lose footing.
    • slippery Unstable; changeable; mutable.
    • slippery Lubric; wanton; unchaste.
    • slippery Crafty; sly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Slippery apt to slip away: smooth: not affording firm footing or confidence: unstable: uncertain
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  • George F. Will
    “All politics takes place on a slippery slope. The most important four words in politics are up to a point.”
  • Henry Brooks Adams
    “No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.”


Slippery customer - A person from whom it is difficult to get anything definite or fixed is a slippery customer.
Slippery slope - A slippery slope is where a measure would lead to further worse measures.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Slipper (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. slípan; Sw. slippa, Dut. slippen, to glide, Ger. schliefen.


In literature:

Now, march, my young slippery-heels.
"Twice Bought" by R.M. Ballantyne
Yes, John Temple stepped out upon the slippery, blackened ladder, grasping the inanimate form of a little child.
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
They were set well apart, the grass beneath dry and slippery, strewn with cones.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The road was alternately rough in the valley, or over slippery ledges.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
Such baths are underground and are reached by steps or by a slippery incline.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The water was running over the floor and made it slippery.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
The rock, worn smooth by the water, was extremely slippery.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
On that slippery surface the odds were with the defensive.
"The Rainy Day Railroad War" by Holman Day
But soon that scratch began to prove troublesome, for the flowing blood covered the haft of the knife and made it slippery.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
The gully is frozen so slippery, that the work will not take long.
"Feats on the Fiord" by Harriet Martineau
I turned to descend from my rather slippery situation.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
They were standing on the side-walk, now a slippery arch of ice, between two rows of the low black cabins.
"A Girl of the Klondike" by Victoria Cross
As he thought of this, he picked his steps more cautiously along the slippery streets.
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
She wasn't used to playing on the slippery, slidy sand.
"Mary Jane's City Home" by Clara Ingram Judson
He crouched low and tried to cling to the slippery hide as it bounced forward.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
The boys were obliged to cling fast to keep their footing on the narrow, slippery top.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Feet could be heard climbing and slithering down the slippery grass slope.
"Captain Dieppe" by Anthony Hope
The stem is hollow and compressed, rather even, not slippery, scarlet near the cap, yellow at the base.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
I was burning all over; wet and slippery, and aching in every muscle.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
Rocks and stumps were in their way, and underfoot it was slippery.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood

In poetry:

On what a slippery steep
The thoughtless wretches go;
And O that dreadful fiery deep
That waits their fall below!
"Psalm LXXIII: Now I'm Convinced the Lord Is Kind" by Isaac Watts
Her house is Sloth, her door Deceit,
And slippery Hope her stairs;
Unbashful Boldness bids her guests,
And every vice repairs.
"Love's Servile Lot" by Robert Southwell
They say he's been captured at last;
The news is too good to be true--
He's slippery, cunning, and fast,
And likes notoriety too.
"By The Sea" by Hattie Howard
Where the sharp rock the Chamois treads,
Or, slippery summit scales;
Or where the whitening Snow-bird spreads
Her plumes to icy gales:
"Hymn Written Among The Alps" by Helen Maria Williams
With staff in hand and tottering knee,
Upon the slippery brink he stood,
And watched, with doting ecstasy,
Each wreath of foam that rode the flood.
"The Bubble Chase" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
My boat is fast in the tall dank weeds
And I lay my oars in silence by,
And lean, and draw the slippery reeds
Through my listless fingers carelessly.
"Slack Tide" by Sophie Margaret Hensley

In news:

A Slippery Rock man died Sunday night when his motorcycle went off the road in Butler County.
But since opening its doors in March, this modest restaurant has become very popular with local residents for its succulent Chinese dumplings and slippery noodles .
Anne Stokes, special to Gold Country MediaAlex Haddad of El Dorado Hills, 14, makes it up the slippery mountain, one of several obstacles on the 5K course of the Merrell Down and Dirty Mud Run held at Folsom Lake.
While spinning out of control on a slippery highway 169 this weekend - for what seemed like an eternity.
Allen, Bruxvoort win slippery StumpJump.
Service quarterback Aukusitino proves slippery.
Slippery roads cause pileup on Polkville Hill.
The slippery slope of the FAA's antidepressant policy change .
The driver of this red Dodge Journey van crashed into a tree and took out a mailbox after failing to negotiate a slippery SR54 in Hometown yesterday.
Slippery roads made for a tough ride home for many Friday evening commuters.
Ryan Reynolds is terrific in this smart, heart-racing thriller that toplines Denzel Washington, also in ace form as a slippery CIA traitor.
Slippery Rock vs Youngstown Chaney.
5 Michigan routs Slippery Rock 100-62.
Editor, the Tribune: Regarding Helen Thomas' careless remarks, I would point out that "going back where they came from" puts everyone on a very steep slippery slope.
Natural surfactant raw materials on a slippery slope.

In science:

But the consideration of additional postulates has proved slippery and dangerous: the postulates proposed in [DP94] have been shown inconsistent in [Leh95] and have been modified in [DP97].
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision
Piau, Carbopol gels: Elastoviscoplastic and slippery glasses made of individual swol len sponges .meso- and macroscopic properties, constitutive equations and scaling laws, J.
Linear Stability Analysis for Plane-Poiseuille Flow of an Elastoviscoplastic fluid with internal microstructure
Hence, the inherent asymmetry of k -SAT puts not only the majority weight but also various other parameters on a slippery slope.
Going after the k-SAT Threshold
Magnetic field is famously slippery and any time we have been able to observe it in action – in the heliosphere or the plasma laboratory – it has demonstrated far more imagination than us.
Particles and Fields in Radio Galaxies: A Summary
Matveev, Inverse compactness versus compactness, Papers on general topology and applications (Slippery Rock, PA, 1993), New York Acad.
Problems from Topology Proceedings
While this is true of most of the argument there are some slippery spots.
Comparing the uniformity invariants of null sets for different measures
We just showed that for a smooth divisor D , if D is sticky then it is slippery, and that if D is sticky for one smooth very ample divisor, then an open set in |D | parametrizes sticky points.
Moduli of twisted sheaves
Using these two facts, we now provide an inductive procedure for enlarging a slippery divisor D .
Moduli of twisted sheaves
Suppose D and D ′ are (not necessarily smooth) slippery elements of |O (1)| which intersect transversely.
Moduli of twisted sheaves
Clearly, for the type of staircases in this paper we trivially have that λ -almost every point is in ∆0 , and hence dimH (∆0 ) = 1 (in fact, this also holds for the slippery devil’s staircases below (see e.g. [Bil79, section 31])).
H\"older-differentiability of Gibbs distribution functions
Note that these results are in slight contrast to our results for a certain slippery devil’s staircase in [KS07].
H\"older-differentiability of Gibbs distribution functions
For a slippery devil’s staircase we have that although the underlying measure is still singular with respect to λ , the support of the measure is equal to an interval.
H\"older-differentiability of Gibbs distribution functions
As was shown in [KS07], the measure of maximal entropy mU for the Farey map U has a distribution function which is a slippery devil’s staircase.
H\"older-differentiability of Gibbs distribution functions