camel's nose

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The root phrase is usually attributed to be a saying of Arabs, or Middle Eastern cultures, roughly as follows:

Do not allow a camel to put his nose under the edge of your tent, for soon you will have a camel in your tent.

Noun[edit]

camel's nose ‎(plural camels' noses)

  1. (idiomatic) A metaphor for a situation where the permitting of some small act will lead consequently to a larger undesirable act or circumstance.

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