One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A minor irritation that spoils the success or enjoyment of something.
snag, hitch, catch, drawback, difficulty, problem, weakness, defect, pitfall, complicationView synonyms
- ‘But there was still a tiny fly in the ointment - the sticky issue of which parent would gain custody of the kids in the unfortunate event of divorce.’
- ‘Needless to say there is a bureaucratic fly in the ointment.’
- ‘There is, of course, one fly in the ointment, and that is the fact that space exploration costs money.’
- ‘Am feeling fairly chilled at the moment - the only fly in the ointment at the moment is that Mum is coming to visit tomorrow’
- ‘There is one fly in the ointment with Morris' plan - we don't have the money to do it.’
- ‘The fly in the ointment for City fans is that if Spurs win their final game they could edge out both teams’
- ‘The fly in the ointment for the Democrats, as reflected in this poll, is that they still don't have a candidate.’
- ‘The only fly in the ointment is the difficulty in getting good-sized crowds through the turnstiles.’
- ‘Yes, don't you know I'm going to throw a fly in the ointment?’
- ‘The fly in the ointment will be if there are major planning hold-ups.’
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