give someone an inch and they will take a mile

give someone an inch and they will take a mile proverb once concessions have been made to someone they will demand a great deal.
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  • Give (someone) an inch and (they'll) take a mile. — Give (someone) an inch and (they ll) take a mile. something that you say which means that if you allow someone to behave badly at all, they will start to behave very badly. I m always wary about making concessions to these people. Give them an… …   New idioms dictionary

  • 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

  • give someone an inch and he will take a mile — give someone an inch and he (or she) will take a mile proverb once concessions have been made to someone they will demand a great deal …   Useful english dictionary

  • give smb an inch and they will take a mile — if you give someone a little they will want more and more, some people are never satisfied If you give him an inch he will take a mile so you shouldn t give him any more money …   Idioms and examples

  • give one an inch, and he will take a mile — If you give some people a little or yield anything, they will want more and more; some people are never satisfied. * /I gave Billy a bite of candy and he wanted more and more. If you give him an inch, he ll take a mile./ * /The counselor said to… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • give one an inch, and he will take a mile — If you give some people a little or yield anything, they will want more and more; some people are never satisfied. * /I gave Billy a bite of candy and he wanted more and more. If you give him an inch, he ll take a mile./ * /The counselor said to… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • give\ one\ an\ inch,\ and\ he\ will\ take\ a\ mile — If you give some people a little or yield anything, they will want more and more; some people are never satisfied. I gave Billy a bite of candy and he wanted more and more. If you give him an inch, he ll take a mile. The counselor said to Jack,… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • 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 …   Useful english dictionary

  • inch — ► NOUN 1) a unit of linear measure equal to one twelfth of a foot (2.54 cm). 2) a quantity of rainfall that would cover a horizontal surface to a depth of one inch. 3) a very small amount or distance: don t yield an inch. ► VERB ▪ move along… …   English terms dictionary

  • inch — inch1 [ ıntʃ ] noun count *** a unit for measuring length. An inch is equal to 2.54 CENTIMETERS. There are 12 inches in one foot: The car stopped only about three inches from the edge of the cliff. an inch high/long/wide: The insect was about an… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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