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English definition of “tip of the iceberg”

tip of the iceberg

C2 a small, noticeable part of a problem, the total size of which is really much greater: These small local protests are just the tip of the iceberg.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impedingDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
(Definition of tip of the iceberg from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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