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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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They then lock horns and, despite expending a huge amount of energy trying to overcome one another, neither gives an inch.
Neither man gives an inch in training with Leicester and the same can be expected in Saturday's RBS Six Nations showdown - but they will share a beer afterwards.
A Railtrack Scotland spokesman said the platform only gives an inch of clearance when steam trains go through.