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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He will not give an inch of territory, he will fight for it.
Over two successive 15-month negotiations they refused to give an inch to the pension schemes.
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.
The Turkish Cypriot platform "We do not give an inch of ground" comprising residents of Morphou on Sunday held a protest on the northern side of Zodia crossing to demonstrate against giving the town back under a Cyprus solution.
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.
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.
Levy is a fearsome negotiator and will never give an inch in transfer talks - but Jenkins is no pushover either.
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.
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.