thin end of the wedge, the

Explanation: What is an idiom?

Something small that will inevitably get bigger or worse as time goes by.


"Have you seen what they've done to the Dog and Duck?"


"The Dog and Duck pub."

"Oh yeah. What have they done?"

"They've only gone and turned it into one of those new Wine Bars, haven't they?"


"Straight up. I spent my teenage years getting wasted there."

"Well, that's the way in the modern world."

"Aren't you concerned about it?"

"Well, it's just one pub, isn't it?"

"Well, yes, but that's just the start. It's the thin end of the wedge isn't it? It won't be long before we'll be expected to dress in a suit and tie to drink bleedin' fancy cocktails or a glass of medium sherry, whilst listening to Chopin or something. It's a disgrace!"

"Yeah, you might be right. Drink?"

"Yeah, make mine a Malibu and pineapple..."


When you've got a door that keeps closing, you may decide to put a wedge under it to stop it from closing. It's made of wood, and shaped like a triangular piece of cheese, starting very thinly, but getting thicker. The thin end of the wedge is something bad, which may seem not too bad to begin with, but will get worse and worse, just like the wooden wedge gets thicker and thicker.

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