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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
But behind Netanyahu's ``Made in USA'' facade is a very Israeli core, a native ``sabra'' reared on militant Zionism, tempered in an elite commando unit and chary of giving an inch to his enemies, whether politicians or Arabs.
Then measure the width of his hips in a seated position, giving an inch on either side.
Jake Smith and top tackler Jordan James were terrier-like in defence, never giving an inch, while Liam Smith's darting runs continually unsettled Guiseley's defence.
After 225 days on the road the epic race for the jockey's championship hits the wire at Doncaster today, with neither Seb Sanders or Jamie Spencer giving an inch.