give him an inch and he'll take an ell

give him an inch and he'll take an ell
give him an inch and he'll take an ell
A concession will encourage the taking of liberties
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Main Entry:ell

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  • Finger — 1. De êrst de Finger warin1 hett, kriggt boll2 de ganze Hand derin. (Ostfries.) – Bueren, 131; Eichwald, 508; Frommann, III, 431, 294. 1) Worin. 2) Bald. 2. Den Finger, der Honig in den Mund streicht, muss man nicht beissen. 3. Der Finger einer… …   Deutsches Sprichwörter-Lexikon

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