give/budge an inch

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of give/budge an inch

: to make even a slight change in opinion or attitude
  • I begged him to reconsider, but he wouldn't give/budge an inch.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

  1. : capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain : flexibility

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

budge play
  1. : a fur formerly prepared from lambskin dressed with the wool outward

  1. : move, shift

  2. : to give way : yield

  3. : to cause to move or change

  1. : pompous, solemn

inch play
  1. : a unit of length equal to ¹/₃₆ yard — see Weights and Measures Table

  2. : a small amount, distance, or degree

  3. : stature, height

  1. : to move by small degrees : progress slowly

  2. : to cause to move slowly

  1. : island


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