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Fly in the ointment   /flaɪ ɪn ðə ˈɔɪntmənt/   Listen
Fly in the ointment

An inconvenience that detracts from the usefulness of something.

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"Fly in the ointment" Quotes from Famous Books

... The fly in the ointment of this long day's ride, the third party, whose undesirable presence and personal knowledge of Mr. Moffat's past career rather seriously interfered with the latter's flights of imagination, was William McNeil, foreman of the "Bar V" ranch over on Sinsiniwa Creek. McNeil was not much ...
— Bob Hampton of Placer • Randall Parrish

Words linked to "Fly in the ointment" :   worriment, inconvenience, troublesomeness

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