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a conversation pattern in which the discourse appears to follow the laws of logic and reason, but, in fact, upon close examination of, or prolonged participation in...you get stuck like you do when you try to walk up a melting wax staircase.
often occurs when parties involved in conversation attempt to be more clever or witty than they actually are.

inspired by the melting wax staircase sequence in the "House of Wax" remake
after a 20 minute discussion about writing a play that would serve as an analogy for our current situation (in which we were unable to score some mushrooms), the metaphor was over-extended, and we found ourselves faced with the peril of a wax staircase
by Shenan Hahn and Dan Prestwich March 29, 2006