Definition of thin end of the wedge in English:

thin end of the wedge

phrase

informal
  • An action or procedure of little importance in itself, but likely to lead to more serious developments.

    • ‘If this happens a lot of people will assume it's the thin end of the wedge.’
    • ‘Any element of the built environment introduced into that field would simply be the thin end of the wedge and a potential disaster for the retention of the green belt between Ilkley and Burley-in-Wharfedale.’
    • ‘But unions representing the 1,500 workers at the service say they are deeply sceptical about the proposals and fear it is the thin end of the wedge in a privatisation drive.’
    • ‘It has been put to me that this is the thin end of the wedge.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I am concerned that this is the thin end of the wedge.’’
    • ‘‘It's the thin end of the wedge,’ warned Mr Stancliffe.’
    • ‘He added: ‘The Government will need to intervene if this is taking place because it will be the thin end of the wedge for rural services.’’
    • ‘It clearly isn't, as they claim, the thin end of the wedge.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I had one meeting with an angling club and met with a bit of aggression, as they saw it as the thin end of the wedge.’’
    • ‘But he has praised shared campuses - seen by some as the thin end of the wedge - where Catholic and Protestant children are taught separately but on the same premises in a bid to tackle religious hatred.’
    • ‘They fear that having the three services in the same building is the thin end of the wedge to ‘multi-skilling’, and jobs could be lost if operators handle calls for all three services.’