give an inch

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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Some commentators suggest that it is best to keep the land we have and not give an inch for TC participation and hope to have the gas revenues for ourselves!
Absent in a straight-sets Game 1 loss, Ateneo's towering blockers did not give an inch on Wednesday as the Lady Eagles frustrated the hobbling yet courageous Tigresses before close to 20,000 screaming souls-most of them forming a sea of gold-at Mall of Asia Arena.
The reason the likes of Juncker and Barnier will not give an inch and treat Theresa May like a leper is that they are terrified that we will prosper (as we surely will) and there will be a queue of other countries banging on the door to get out and join us, as there are already rumblings of that happening.
"They (Pakistan Army) will not give an inch and our Army will not give even half an inch of Kashmir.
This was a hard-fought and fascinating day as both sides refused to give an inch.
IS claimed responsibility as President Emmanuel Macron said: "France has once again paid in blood but will not give an inch to the enemies of freedom." Prosecutor Francois Molins said Asimov's parents had been held.
The penalty shoot-out was just as tight with neither side willing to give an inch.
Frank Field, who chairs the Work and Pensions Committee, said letters he had received since a parliamentary inquiry was launched suggested they "refused to give an inch" to the company's pension schemes.
MPs have accused former bosses at Carillion of "refusing to give an inch" over plugging the firm's pension deficit.
However, it remains one of sport's great rivalries built on decades of keen competition with neither team prepared to give an inch.
Every jockey understandably wants to do well and, as a result, no one will ever give an inch in terms of position.
We don't like to ask or give an inch and I like it that way.
"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.
No team will give an inch this lunchtime, but an honourable draw would be the perfect result for both managers.