thin edge of the wedge

thin edge of the wedge

A minor change that begins a major development, especially an undesirable one. For example, First they asked me to postpone my vacation for a week, and then for a month; it's the thin edge of the wedge and pretty soon it'll be a year . This term alludes to the narrow wedge inserted into a log for splitting wood. [Mid-1800s]
See also: edge, of, thin, wedge
References in classic literature ?
Eager objected, saying that here was the thin edge of the wedge, and one must guard against imposition.
Developers and speculators are waiting to move in, so whatever the decision is, let's hope that from Castle Hill one does not see only new developments and that this is not the thin edge of the wedge or detrimental to our 'Summer Wine' country.
Even at the thin edge of the wedge, the Pacman will take home PS50million, Mayweather a smoking PS78m.
It would, in my view, be the thin edge of the wedge to allow people to cash in on this kind of asset to the detriment of green space.
Hughes has enjoyed success at Falkirk and in his short spell at Livingston but suffered the thin edge of the wedge at his beloved Hibs and more recently at Hartlepool.
But any move towards state regulation would be the thin edge of the wedge.
My gut feeling is that the three cases highlighted this week are just the thin edge of the wedge.
Spray tanning children is the thin edge of the wedge when it comes to the sexualisation and commercialisation of the very young.
I might be in a minority of one but I believe such technology would spoil the flow of the game and would be the thin edge of the wedge.
But as this column also said last November: "Even though there can be a lot of things which change in a hospital before it shuts, rivals will seek to portray the transfer of any service away as the thin edge of the wedge, with closure plans afoot.
If we give in now it could be the thin edge of the wedge because I wouldn't trust FIFA when they say they have no problem with a Team GB for these Olympics.
FARMERS fear plans to extend an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are the thin edge of the wedge and could pave the way for a new national park.
I believe this will be the thin edge of the wedge, you watch.