• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sloped having an oblique or slanted direction
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sloped Decayed with dampness; rotten: said of potatoes and pease.
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  • C. S. Lewis
    “The safest road to hell is the gradual one -- the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”
  • George F. Will
    “All politics takes place on a slippery slope. The most important four words in politics are up to a point.”


Slippery slope - A slippery slope is where a measure would lead to further worse measures.


In literature:

If we could only get to the top of the slope, couldn't we somehow escape by it?
"Derrick Sterling" by Kirk Monroe
Before them towered the community of St. George, straggling, like some old world village, up the sloping streets to the heights.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
The ground, although quite uneven and sloping, soon became so flooded that tents, even when they could be pitched, were untenable.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
About midway in the canyon is a huge basin, like the old crater of a volcano, sloping upwards to the pine-fringed skyline.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Dense clouds of smoke went up, and soon small lines of flame were running along the slope of the roof, dying down, and bursting forth anew.
"Two Sides of the Face" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
In places the coast ran up to a height of two or three hundred feet, in others it sloped down to twenty feet.
"The Frozen Pirate" by W. Clark Russell
From the upper side the slopes around were all open to view.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
Now it zigzags back and forth down a gentle slope, but is soon stopped by another precipice.
"The Western United States" by Harold Wellman Fairbanks
But the glasses also showed slopes seared and seamed with twisting trenches and tawny waggon tracks.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
The slope noticeable on the north side of the southern range could be explained by the tilting of the strata where the separation took place.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor

In poetry:

In April, in April,
My one love came along,
And I ran the slope of my high hill
To follow a thread of song.
"A Well-Worn Story" by Dorothy Parker
I will climb the slow steep slope
where paths are blended
All of them lead to
the beginning of drama and flora.
"Lost Hope" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
O sacred flowers of faith and hope,
As sweetly now as then
Ye bloom on many a birchen slope,
In many a pine-dark glen.
"The Mayflowers" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Go where, along the tangled steep
That slopes against the west,
The hamlet's buried idlers sleep
In still profounder rest.
"The Countess" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There shut the door, alas! on many a hope
Too many;
My face is set to the autumnal slope,
Where the loud winds shall . . .
"I Now, O Friend, Whom Noiselessly The Snows" by Robert Louis Stevenson
How often, where the slopes are green
On Jaman, hast thou sate
By some high chalet-door, and seen
The summer-day grow late;
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold

In news:

Goodbye Ellis Island View, Goodbye 26th Floor, We're Park Slope Homeowners.
Mr Regan is 20 years old again, standing at the corner of Sterling Place and Seventh Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Thugs torch cars on 14th Street in Slope.
Tancredo's Western Slope roll a folksy slugfest aimed at Hickenlooper.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Communities across the country, including the Western Slope, are increasing efforts to find Jessica Ridgeway, the 10-year-old girl who went missing from Westminster on Friday.
Based nature-loving label Free City , known for its bright, plush sweats and feel-good graphics, has given snow bunnies a new reason to hit the slopes.
Based nature-loving label Free City, known for its bright, plush sweats and feel-good graphics, has given snow bunnies a new reason to hit the slopes.
Install's "Sloping Loafers" design is the latest addition to Maharam Digital Projects.
A suspect in at least 10 holdups of Brooklyn businesses — including three at one Tasti D-Lite in Park Slope — is in custody, authorities said.
PARACHUTE, Colo.- Williams Midstream, a natural gas plant in Parachute, is the biggest facility on the Western Slope, and it's about to get much bigger.
Park Slope Struggles to Crowd Out Ghosts of 1960 Disaster.
The slopes of Haleakala could be the site for drilling for geothermal energy as early as next year.
The late President Gerald Ford 's ski-in/ski-out custom home in Beaver Creek, Co. Has views of the ski slopes throughout the house and separate pool house.
The store, the slopes, the bar, whatever — it's the ultimate casual utility layer.
Solutions as slippery as US fiscal slope.

In science:

As expected in HII regions, the blue slope and strong Balmer lines indicate young stars, while ionization by the quasar appears in a mix of galactic types with a larger range of slopes, hence producing on average a flatter continuum.
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
Since the Weil-Petersson completion is CAT(0), it follows that X (t ) has a well defined slope in Teichg(S) namely, any geodesic in Teichg(S) within a uniformly bounded neighborhood of X (t ) has slope m.
Coarse and synthetic Weil-Petersson geometry: quasi-flats, geodesics, and relative hyperbolicity
First, notice that we can take care of the boundary regions with respect to b by taking advantage of the entropy term, which has very large slope for b close to 0, and very steep negative slope for b close to 1 − a.
On the Satisfiability Threshold and Clustering of Solutions of Random 3-SAT Formulas
The ratios inside an interval [l, u] correspond to the slopes of all lines in the wedge spanned by the lines with slopes l and u.
A Geometric Approach to Confidence Sets for Ratios: Fieller's Theorem, Generalizations, and Bootstrap
These guidance lines show a slope of 3/4, the asymptotic slope for the CDJ model for a β of 0.5, which is the average β in our sample.
Constraining the Nature of X-ray Cavities in Clusters and Galaxies