give (someone) an inch and (someone) (will) take a yard

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give (someone) an inch and (someone) (will) take a yard

proverb If one makes concessions for someone, it will embolden that person to take further advantage of one, instead of being content with what they have been given. If you let the kids stay up later on the weekends, they'll want to do it all the time. Give them an inch and they'll take a yard. I offered the unhappy customer a refund, and she demanded that I also send out a replacement unit, free of charge. I swear, you give some people an inch and they take a yard!
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