tip of the iceberg

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Ocean Scientists assert in reference to an 'iceberg': The {tip} exposed portion, visible above the sea, is only one eighth of the actual size of this awesome natural phenomenon found in the polar seas of our planet Earth.


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

Chief Yaeger, consider these knowns the suspect in our midst has three aliases, wanted by the constabulary in four states, refuses to answer many questions: I maintain this is only the tip of the iceberg!

Submitted by WerterBuch on July 26, 2015

Additional definitions for 'tip of the iceberg':

tip of the icebergOnly the beginning; just a small indication of a larger possibility; a problem is much bigger than it seems.
Tip of the IcebergSmaller part of a bigger problem or even a larger problematic situation
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