Definition of the tip of an (or the) iceberg in English:

the tip of an (or the) iceberg

phrase

  • The small perceptible part of a much larger situation or problem that remains hidden.

    ‘detected fraud is only the tip of the iceberg’
    • ‘These incidents, she says, are believed to be just the tip of the iceberg.’
    • ‘I have only barely touched the tip of the iceberg in regards to bullying.’
    • ‘This is just the tip of the iceberg, with many missing but not reported.’
    • ‘The voyeuristic reader only sees the tip of the iceberg, for there is undoubtedly much more of this story to tell.’
    • ‘As I've discovered, the problems that have been reported to date appear to be only the tip of the iceberg.’
    • ‘Yet they are the tip of an iceberg because most cases of child abuse remain unknown, with children suffering in silence.’
    • ‘‘The amount of cases that come through to us is just the tip of the iceberg,’ he said.’
    • ‘Worse still, groundwater moves very slowly, which means that the problems so far encountered may be the tip of the iceberg.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, checkpoints are only the tip of the iceberg for Palestinians.’
    • ‘These are real women, real situations and sadly, only the tip of the iceberg.’