fly in the ointment

noun
an inconvenience that detracts from the usefulness of something (Freq. 1)
Hypernyms: ↑troublesomeness, ↑inconvenience, ↑worriment

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phrasal
: a detracting factor or element : an agent that spoils something that is otherwise pleasing

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fly in the ointment
: someone or something that causes problems

We're almost ready to start work. Getting the permit is the only fly in the ointment.

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Main Entry:fly
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fly in the ointment — see fly, 3
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Main Entry:ointment

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • fly in the ointment — {n. phr.}, {informal} An unpleasant part of a pleasant thing; something small that spoils your fun. * /We had a lot of fun at the beach; the only fly in the ointment was George s cutting his foot on a piece of glass./ * /Your new job sounds too… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fly in the ointment — {n. phr.}, {informal} An unpleasant part of a pleasant thing; something small that spoils your fun. * /We had a lot of fun at the beach; the only fly in the ointment was George s cutting his foot on a piece of glass./ * /Your new job sounds too… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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  • fly in the ointment —    A fly in the ointment is something that spoils or prevents complete enjoyment of something.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    A fly in the ointment refers to something that prevents a situation from being completely satisfactory.    … …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • fly\ in\ the\ ointment — n. phr. informal An unpleasant part of a pleasant thing; something small that spoils your fun. We had a lot of fun at the beach; the only fly in the ointment was George s cutting his foot on a piece of glass. Your new job sounds too good to be… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fly in the ointment — a small thing that spoils enjoyment The problem with the music was a fly in the ointment at the party. (в обиходной речи) ложка дегтя в бочке меда (в Библии) муха в бальзаме Мертвые мухи портят и делают зловонною благовонную масть мироварника …   Idioms and examples

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