a fly in the ointment

a problem that spoils something or makes it difficult

The only fly in the ointment is that we can't use my house for the party.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Fly in the Ointment — EP/Демо …   Википедия

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  • fly in the ointment — {n. phr.}, {informal} An unpleasant part of a pleasant thing; something small that spoils your fun. * /We had a lot of fun at the beach; the only fly in the ointment was George s cutting his foot on a piece of glass./ * /Your new job sounds too… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fly in the ointment — {n. phr.}, {informal} An unpleasant part of a pleasant thing; something small that spoils your fun. * /We had a lot of fun at the beach; the only fly in the ointment was George s cutting his foot on a piece of glass./ * /Your new job sounds too… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Fly in the Ointment — Infobox Album | Name = Fly in the Ointment Type = ep Artist = AFI Released = March 31, 1995 Recorded = Genre = Hardcore punk Length = 5:25 Label = Wedge Records Producer = Reviews = Last album = Bombing the Bay (1997) This album = Fly in the… …   Wikipedia

  • fly in the ointment — noun an inconvenience that detracts from the usefulness of something (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑troublesomeness, ↑inconvenience, ↑worriment * * * phrasal : a detracting factor or element : an agent that spoils something that is otherwise pleasing *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fly in the ointment —    A fly in the ointment is something that spoils or prevents complete enjoyment of something.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    A fly in the ointment refers to something that prevents a situation from being completely satisfactory.    … …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • fly\ in\ the\ ointment — n. phr. informal An unpleasant part of a pleasant thing; something small that spoils your fun. We had a lot of fun at the beach; the only fly in the ointment was George s cutting his foot on a piece of glass. Your new job sounds too good to be… …   Словарь американских идиом

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