have a sting in the/its tail Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “have a sting in the/its tail” in the English Dictionary

"have a sting in the/its tail" in British English

See all translations

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…
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

costume

the set of clothes typical of a particular country or period of history, or suitable for a particular activity

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More