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fly in the ointment

something that spoils a situation that could have been pleasant: The party was great – the only fly in the ointment was that my grumpy uncle was there.
Translations of “fly in the ointment”
in Chinese (Traditional) 美中不足之處, 令人掃興的東西(或人)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 美中不足之处, 令人扫兴的东西(或人)…
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