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fly in the ointment Explained

fly in the ointment at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

83 Moby Thesaurus words for "fly in the ointment":
abomination, atrocity, bad, bane, befoulment, blemish, blight,
block, blockade, bottleneck, bug, catch, cordon, corruption, crack,
crying evil, curtain, damage, defect, defection, deficiency,
defilement, despoliation, destruction, determent, deterrent,
detriment, difficulty, drawback, evil, failing, failure, fault,
faute, flaw, foible, frailty, grievance, hang-up, harm, havoc,
hazard, hitch, hole, hurdle, hurt, ill, imperfection, inadequacy,
infection, infirmity, injury, joker, kink, little problem,
mischief, objection, obstacle, obstruction, obstructive,
one small difficulty, outrage, poison, pollution, problem, rift,
rub, shortcoming, snag, something missing, stumbling block,
stumbling stone, taint, the worst, toxin, venom, vexation,
vulnerable place, weak link, weak point, weakness, woe, wrong

fly in the ointment at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

fly in the ointment
n : an inconvenience that detracts from the usefulness of

fly in the ointment at English (WD) Of Explained:



Inter: en-noun » head=fly in the ointment|flies in the ointment
  • Inter: idiomati » c Something which ruins or spoils everything else; a nuisance or problem; an unpleasant or disagreeable detail.
    1. Inter: quote-book » title=Bummy Davis vs. Murder, Inc|author=Ron Ross|year=2003|passage=Bummy Davis is no longer a pugilist. Willie is very aware of this fact and lets Johnny Attell know that there is a fly in the ointment, and Johnny, who is a very shrewd article, has his chauffeur drive him to Bradford Street so he can change the kid's mind.|page=287


      Inter: trans-top » Something which ruins everything else

  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|hic|m, Inter: t+ » fr|os|m, Inter: t+ » fr|problème|m
  • German: Inter: t- » de|Haar in der Suppe|n

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Russian: ложка дёгтя ("a spoonful of tar"), ложка дёгтя в бочке мёда ("a spoonful of tar in a barrel of honey")

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: et » fly in the ointment
    Translation: fr » fly in the ointment
    Translation: pl » fly in the ointment