Definition of give someone an inch and he or she will take a mile in English:
proverb Once concessions have been made to someone they will demand a great deal: she stared back at him, refusing to give him an inch
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- Never lend Mike any money, he is something of a kind that you give him an inch and he will take a mile.
- You give her an inch, she'll take a mile. Next thing you know, she's expecting you to clean up after yourself, pick out your own clothes for the day, and even flush the toilet.
- And he's proven in the past that, if you give him an inch, he'll take a mile.
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