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give an inch

To compromise with someone and make allowances for what they want. I know you want Italian for dinner, but can't you give an inch so that we can find a place that works for both for us?
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Before I joined, I played against him and I always remember him being a real competitor - he never gave an inch.
The sides were tied on 13 occasions during this contest, including seven times in the opening half, as neither side gave an inch.
The racing legend added that even back then they were hard on each other on the track and never gave an inch.
Neither man gave an inch in what was another classic between the two hardened warriors but it was Froch who was awarded the decision by a surprisingly wide margin.
8 1 RYAN GRANT Stood strong and never gave an inch against one of the most feared front–rows in rugby.
Bailey is remembered as a dogged battler who never gave an inch, especially when he fought a magnificent rearguard action with Yorkshire's Willie Watson against the Aussies to save a match that had looked hopelessly lost before their heroics.
Resuming just after 2pm after also being called off for bad light on Tuesday, neither player gave an inch in a final set that ran to 118 games and also saw both players break the record for aces in a match - with Isner hitting 98 and Mahut 95.
Neither side gave an inch and Newport coach Sven Cronk was annoyed of the decisions given around the back of the Newport scrums and rucks.
JOHN HARTSON has always been a tough and uncompromising top-flight centre-forward who never gave an inch on the pitch.
VENETA - Elmira's Crystalynn Pusch and Central's Katie Peterson were the stars of this game, as neither goalkeeper gave an inch in the scoreless tie.
Newbridge tried hard to out-muscle the Ravens, using their big experienced pack but the young Bridgend forwards never gave an inch.
VAUXHALLMOTORS are still looking for their first away success of the season,following this narrow defeat at the Butchers Arms last night,in which both teams never gave an inch in a full-blooded affair.
A defence, in which loan signing Matt Redmile from Notts County made his first appearance, never gave an inch and the division's top scorer, John Murphy, was subdued by strongman David Hughes.
This is clearly not what happened in the House where neither Democrats nor Republicans gave an inch in their intransigent positions.
To their credit, Ulster never gave an inch when the going got tough, but they never really got going when they had the ball.