the thin end of the wedge

Definition of the thin end of the wedge


  1. :  the beginning of something that will become more serious, unpleasant, etc. The bank's decision to raise rates could be the thin end of the wedge if other banks follow along.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  having little extent from one surface to its opposite

    :  measuring little in cross section or diameter

    :  not dense in arrangement or distribution

  1. :  to make thin or thinner:

    :  to reduce in thickness or depth :  attenuate

    :  to make less dense or viscous

  1. :  in a thin manner :  thinly

  1. :  the part of an area that lies at the boundary

    :  a point that marks the extent of something

    :  the point where something ceases to exist

  1. :  to bring to an end

    :  destroy

    :  to make up the end of

  1. :  final, ultimate

  1. :  to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack

  1. :  a piece of a substance (as wood or iron) that tapers to a thin edge and is used for splitting wood and rocks, raising heavy bodies, or for tightening by being driven into something

    :  something (as a policy) causing a breach or separation

    :  something used to initiate an action or development

  1. :  to fasten or tighten by driving in a wedge

    :  to force or press (something) into a narrow space :  cram

    :  to force (one's way) into or through

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