give someone an inch (and they'll take a yard)


give someone an inch (and they'll take a yard)
give someone an inch (and they’ll take a mile/yard/) phrase
used for saying that if you agree to give someone something that they want, they will then want to take more
Thesaurus: ways of warning or advising someonesynonym
Main entry: inch

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  • give someone an inch (and they'll take a mile) — give someone an inch (and they’ll take a mile/yard/) phrase used for saying that if you agree to give someone something that they want, they will then want to take more Thesaurus: ways of warning or advising someonesynonym Main entry: inch …   Useful english dictionary

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