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.
camel's nose (plural camels' noses)
- (idiomatic) A situation where the permitting of some small act will lead consequently to a larger undesirable act or circumstance.
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