give an inch

give an inch

to agree to part of what someone wants or says My ex-husband never gave an inch on anything we disagreed about, even when I was right.
Etymology: based on the saying give someone an inch and they'll take a mile (if you agree to part of what someone wants they will get all of what they want)
See also: give, inch
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England never give an inch to rivals but we are prepared to fight in London.
Neither set of players will want to give an inch as last season's top two get tucked into each other ahead of the campaign's official kick-off on August 8.
Brookes was not prepared to give an inch and Byrne was pushing hard, but it was a double disappointment for the PBM Kawasaki team.
No team will give an inch this lunchtime, but an honourable draw would be the perfect result for both managers.
We don't give an inch to anybody and now they are competitors, but it's nice to see them doing so well.
Yet, with both the Black Caps and Sri Lanka in decent form in the longest format of the game, neither side will want to give an inch.
If I accept the notion that any movement from my core beliefs dehumanizes me, then I can't afford to give an inch.
Neither side is going to give an inch, so it is all pretty pointless and neither side can prove that their argument is the correct one.
That sets up what is likely to be a very close fixture with neither side prepared to give an inch.
The 12th demonstrated the heart and warrior spirit of both men who simply refused to give an inch as they traded huge blows that brought the crowd to near ecstasy.
Ryan Edwards v Gareth Wilson Neither of these two non-stop battlers will give an inch in the midfield.
I pushed hard again as you can't afford to give an inch such is the level of the competition.
Hamilton refused to give an inch as the Venezuelan tried to overtake as they raced through the Turn 12 chicane at 130mph.
You don't want to give an inch on either side, let your fans down or yourself down.
That doesn't mean Wrexham will give an inch, but promotion through the play-offs is not a consolation because the end result is the same and would see the league's two best teams in the Football League come August.