Something which ruins or spoils everything else; a nuisance or problem; an unpleasant or disagreeable detail.

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  • A reference to Ecclesiastes 10:1 in the Bible.
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It's a lovely plan. The fly in the ointment is Andrew Ackner.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'fly in the ointment':

Fly in the OintmentA small disturbance or irritation which can spoil ones pleasure and excitement
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