the thin end of the wedge

noun phrase

Definition of the thin end of the wedge

British
: 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.

Learn More about the thin end of the wedge

Statistics for the thin end of the wedge

Cite this Entry

“The thin end of the wedge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20thin%20end%20of%20the%20wedge. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on the thin end of the wedge

What made you want to look up the thin end of the wedge? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!