the thin end of the wedge


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the thin end of the wedge

  (British & Australian)
the start of a harmful development There are those who see the closure of the hospital as the thin end of the wedge.
See be thin on the ground, a fine line, spread too thin, wear thin
See also: end, of, thin, wedge
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However, would it be the thin end of the wedge, paving the way for the abolition of traffic from the city centre permanently?
This Bill is the thin end of the wedge, allowing doctors to prescribe a lethal drug to dying patients who request it.
If the promised law appears to be limited in scope at the outset we can be sure this would be the thin end of the wedge, with all workers eventually brought within its remit.
They have voiced worries that the [euro]12 cover charge to dine there is the thin end of the wedge - and that Olsen will follow other cruise lines by adding extra costs.
Objections were received, including 14 from people living nearby, from Ingleby Barwick and Hilton parish councils, The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England and the Thin End of the Wedge group.
People pay through the nose to keep their vehicles on the road and parking charges, though small, are the thin end of the wedge.
Pull me away from the edge, At the thin end of the wedge, Sitting on a shelf, out on a ledge, Stuck on the fence taking the pledge.
We must avoid doing anything that might be the thin end of the wedge.
It was the thin end of the wedge and now we find ourselves in a crisis so deep that only a Conservative government with fiscal responsibility can handle.
However, delegates clearly felt any suspension was the thin end of the wedge and an attempt by the Tory-led coalition to deregulate Sunday trading by the back door.
We think it's the thin end of the wedge for FIFA to take away the four home nations' power base.
Investors fear that new gadgets, led by the iPad, are the thin end of the wedge that will one day separate Microsoft from its core customers.
The Nishkam schools are the thin end of the wedge - how many more free schools will follow in Birmingham, making the planning of school places impossible?
Media Watch UK said: "The rules are being relaxed and we are worried this is the thin end of the wedge.
The project - called The Thin End Of The Wedge - will take loyalist leaders to Poland to visit extermination camps on a series of four-day trips begining in March.