tip of the iceberg

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A photomontage of what a whole iceberg might look like

Etymology[edit]

tip + iceberg. Floating icebergs have a significant proportion of their mass below the surface of the water.

Noun[edit]

the tip of the iceberg

  1. (idiomatic) Only the beginning; just a small indication of a larger possibility; a problem is much bigger than it seems
    This is only the tip of the iceberg. Our problems can become much worse.

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