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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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'We are not giving an inch of our territory nor sovereign rights over our EEZ [exclusive economic zone],' he said.
With neither team giving an inch right from the opening buzzer, the Tamaraws showed that they meant business at crunch time book their sixth straight Final Four appearance.
Instead of the sparky, combative figure not used to giving an inch in post-match press conferences, the man who emerged to take questions on Saturday looked like he'd been robbed and then asked to come out and talk up the burglary.
Little separated the neighbours over the remainder of the tie, with neither side giving an inch, until Antrim's strong finish.
The Dewar Shield was a tight affair, neither side giving an inch.
It's about taking them on up front, not giving an inch and keeping the foot on the pedal."
Adams was totally dominant throughout, outclassing all of the Deighton opponents with a flurry of superb forehand smashes and never giving an inch.
Caldy lock forward Richard Bradshaw said: "Last weekend's game was really tough for both sides with neither giving an inch. We went behind early on but never gave up pushing and were unlucky not to snatch the points in the second half.
It's become a battle of wills, with no-one giving an inch.
The eight-year-old got the better of a tremendous tussle with Patsy Veale in the two-mile rated hurdle, with Swan and Ruby Walsh thrilling the crowd as they battled it out from the second-last with neither giving an inch.
Both teams worked hard, neither giving an inch to the other.
Like the protesters shouting outside, he wasn't giving an inch.
Drummer Keith Carlock was the stamina king, his boundless energy fuelled limber snap-back beats, whipping his partners up the sweaty slope, never giving an inch. It was a great achievement to maintain such perpetual flux within the instrumental trio form.
With no team giving an inch for three gruelling sets, the Lady Bulldogs found the opening in the decisive fourth set, anchored on a total-team effort.
Then measure the width of his hips in a seated position, giving an inch on either side.