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have a sting in the/its tail

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