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be the tip of the iceberg

To be only a small, often unrepresentative portion of something much larger or more complex that cannot yet be seen or understood. If Congress doesn't vote to extend the debt limit, a government shutdown will be the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the country will have to deal with. With mobile apps, you have to account for replay value, monetization, ad revenue, and how much the players will spread the game to their friends. Making a fun game is really just the tip of the iceberg!
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tip of the iceberg

Fig. only the part of something that can be easily observed, but not the rest of it, which is hidden. (Referring to the fact that the majority of an iceberg is below the surface of the water.) The problems that you see here now are just the tip of the iceberg. There are numerous disasters waiting to happen.
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just the tip of the iceberg

a small part of something much larger This technology is the tip of the iceberg, the very beginning of modern telecommunications. The list of thefts goes on and on, and the examples you have read about are just the tip of the iceberg.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of the tip of the iceberg (the small part of a large mass of ice floating in the sea that can be seen above water)
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the tip of the iceberg

a small part of a problem or a difficult situation which is really much larger than it seems
Usage notes: An iceberg is a very large mass of ice that floats in the sea and often it is only possible to see a small part of it.
What you saw last night was just the tip of the iceberg. The difficulties we've discussed are only the tip of the iceberg.
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tip of the iceberg

Superficial evidence of a much larger problem, as in Laying off a hundred workers is only the tip of the iceberg. This idiom alludes to the structure of an iceberg, most of whose bulk lies underwater. [Mid-1900s]
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n. a cold and unemotional person. (see also iceberg slim.) What an insensitive iceberg!

iceberg slim

1. n. a pimp. When iceberg slim came by in his pimpmobile, Jed made a rude sign at him.
2. n. a person who exploits others; a cold, heartless person. The guy’s a regular iceberg slim.
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tip of the iceberg

A small evident part or aspect of something largely hidden.
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Every day, Gabrielle McGrath thinks about the Titanic and the 1,517 lives lost when the White Star Line ship struck an iceberg in April 1912.
Simultaneously in May last year, near the coast of the Novaya Zemlya, they found a frozen-in iceberg with the tip of 70 x 70 x 12 meters and the bottom depth of up to 50 meters.
The iceberg was actually up to 100ft high by 400ft wide, but the 46,000-ton ship was speeding through an icefield at night and crew failed to spot it in time.
Konrad Steffen, director of the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research WSL, estimated that this iceberg was roughly half the size of the ice island that calved off of Petermann in 2010.
The company used real data collected in Newfoundland, with precise representations of icebergs created through a mixture of satellite data and a kind of 3D iceberg x-ray.
Concerns were eventually raised to a higher level on Monday, July 16, after the 46 square mile iceberg completely separated from the glacier.
An iceberg the size of Luxembourg has broken off from a glacier in Antarctica after being rammed by another giant iceberg, scientists have said, in an event that could affect ocean circulation patterns.
Nearly 3,000 square kilometres of iceberg broke off earlier this month from the tip of the Mertz glacier that juts out into the Southern Ocean from east Antarctica, Australian scientists said on Friday.
Australian Antarctic Division researchers working on Macquarie Island, about 930 miles south-east of Tasmania, first saw the iceberg last Thursday about five miles off the north-west coast of the island.
In addition to the long-term threat of a steadily acidifying ocean, sea creatures are facing a more immediate danger from climate change: falling icebergs.
Some passengers laugh, while others become emotional, he adds, with the Titanic tragedy forever creating a link in people's minds between icebergs and the demise of a reputedly unsinkable ship that went down 363 miles off the Newfoundland coast.
The name iceberg comes from the way the lettuce was packed and transported on ice in rail cars in the '40s and '50s, making the heads look like icebergs.
During the Spring these naturally pure ICEBERGS are harvested and blended with a secret selection of the finest botanical ingredients and "peaches & cream" neutral grain sweet corn spirit.
Canadian scientists have been archiving icebergs, not just photographing and drawing them but taking underwater soundings and measurements," he explained.
The call sheet read, Day 1: "Beowulf sails his Viking ship through the icebergs.