have a sting in the/its tail Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “have a sting in the/its tail” - 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 Learners 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
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
There, their and they’re – which one should you use?
by ,
April 27, 2016
by Liz Walter If you are a learner of English and you are confused about the words there, their and they’re, let me reassure you: many, many people with English as their first language share your problem! You only have to take a look at the ‘comments’ sections on the website of, for example, a popular

Read More 

Word of the Day

cracker

a thin, flat, hard biscuit, especially one eaten with cheese

Word of the Day

bio-banding noun
bio-banding noun
April 25, 2016
in sport, grouping children according to their physical maturity rather than their age ‘When we’re grouping children for sports, we do it by age groups, but the problem is that, within those age groups, we get huge variations in biological age,’ said Dr Sean Cumming, senior lecturer at the University of Bath’s department for

Read More