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.

Etymology:

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