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English definition of “the thin end of the wedge”

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the thin end of the wedge

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the start of a harmful development: Identity cards for students could be the thin end of the wedge - soon everyone might have to carry identification.
Translations of “the thin end of the wedge”
in Chinese (Traditional) 事情糟糕的開始…
in Chinese (Simplified) 事情糟糕的开始…
(Definition of the thin end of the wedge from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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