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have a sting in the/its tail

UK If something, such as a ​story or ​joke, has a sting in the/​itstail, it has a ​surprising or ​unpleasantpart that only ​becomesclear at the end.
(Definition of have a sting in the/its tail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “have a sting in the/its tail”
in Chinese (Simplified) (故事、笑话等)结局出人意料,结尾煞风景…
in Chinese (Traditional) (故事、笑話等)結局出人意料,結尾倒人胃口…
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