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    Default slippery slope to chronic debt

    Dear all,

    How should I understand "slippery slope to chronic debt" underlined in the sentence below?

    Thanks in advance.

    If there is one lesson to be learned from the 1920s, itís that using credit to buy things can be a slippery slope to chronic debt.

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    Default Re: slippery slope to chronic debt

    Chronic debt = always being in debt.

    There is a common expression, a slippery slope. That means you think you're doing something sensible or that you can control but you're in danger of "slipping" and falling down that (metaphorical) slope faster than you can control.

    Having sexy conversations on the Internet with a man whose not your husband can put you on a slippery slope to infidelity. Having a cigarette just when you're out at a bar (after you'd stopped smoking) is a very slippery slope to becoming a full-time smoker.

    Buying just one thing on credit may seem okay, but if you buy many things on credit before you've paid off the first thing, you're on a slippery slope toward never being free of debt.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: slippery slope to chronic debt

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Chronic debt = always being in debt.

    There is a common expression, a slippery slope. That means you think you're doing something sensible or that you can control but you're in danger of "slipping" and falling down that (metaphorical) slope faster than you can control.

    Having sexy conversations on the Internet with a man whose not your husband can put you on a slippery slope to infidelity. Having a cigarette just when you're out at a bar (after you'd stopped smoking) is a very slippery slope to becoming a full-time smoker.

    Buying just one thing on credit may seem okay, but if you buy many things on credit before you've paid off the first thing, you're on a slippery slope toward never being free of debt.

    Thank you very much!
    I got it.

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