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English definition of “tip of the iceberg”

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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.
Translations of “tip of the iceberg”
in Chinese (Traditional) (重大問題的)冰山一角,端倪,明顯的一小部分…
in Chinese (Simplified) (重大问题的)冰山一角,端倪,明显的一小部分…
(Definition of tip of the iceberg from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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