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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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After all, if anyone would take a yard if given an inch, it would be Mourinho.
8 11 TIM VISSER There's no better finisher when given an inch and glimpse of the line.
On my return, I was appalled to realise that this important event had not been given an inch of space in the Daily Post.
The 11-10 shot only had to be given an inch of rein to take up the running from Saskia's Hero after two out, and cruised to a four-length victory.
It had been hard, and physical, and Ponty had not given an inch.
Worried opponents are right to brand the development "wholly unacceptable", warning that if scheming banks are given an inch on this issue they will take a mile.