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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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just the tip of the iceberg

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 just the tip of the iceberg. The flooding is bad, but we're dealing with just the tip of the iceberg: a huge spate of environmental disasters are on the horizon because of climate change.
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the tip of the iceberg

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 just the tip of the iceberg. The flooding is bad, but we're dealing with just the tip of the iceberg—a huge spate of environmental disasters are on the horizon because of climate change.
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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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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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the tip of the iceberg

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the tip of an iceberg

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1. If something is the tip of the iceberg or the tip of an iceberg, it is a small part of a very large problem or a very serious situation. We get about 2,000 complaints every year and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Figures show that there have been 700 official burglaries throughout the area, but police believe this is the tip of the iceberg.
2. If something is the tip of the iceberg or the tip of an iceberg, it is a small part of something large. These surveys are only the tip of an iceberg of continuing study. Note: People often use an adjective before iceberg to show what sort of thing it is. These songs are just the tip of the creative iceberg. Note: Only a very small part of an iceberg is visible above the water. About nine-tenths of it is below the surface.
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the tip of an (or the) iceberg

the small perceptible part of a much larger situation or problem which remains hidden.
This phrase refers to the fact that only about one fifth of the mass of an iceberg is visible above the surface of the sea.
1998 New Scientist This leaves pressure groups wondering whether there are further breaches still waiting to be discovered. Sue Mayer of Gene Watch asks: ‘Is it the tip of the iceberg?’
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be the tip of the ˈiceberg

what you can see of a problem or difficult situation is only one small part of a much larger hidden problem: The 1 000 homeless people in London sleeping in night shelters are only the tip of the iceberg. There are many thousands of homeless people in the capital.
Only 1/7 or 1/8 of an iceberg can be seen above the water.
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iceberg

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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page_id=180) gravimeter to measure and map the iceberg and the shelf.
The drift of icebergs in the open ocean is typically largely determined by the balance of the forces illustrated here: drags exerted by surface winds and ocean currents (acting at a horizontal angle [phi] to each other), the Coriolis force associated with the iceberg's velocity, and the pressure gradient force associated with the sea surface slope, [theta].
The photos of Deimos reveal another thing - a smaller iceberg has separated from the big one in a process called.
The calving of the iceberg, which is likely to be named A68, reduces the size of the Larsen C Ice Shelf by around 12% and will change the landscape of the Antarctic Peninsula forever, the scientists said.
The iceberg is one of the largest recorded and its future progress is difficult to predict," said Adrian Luckman, professor at Swansea University and lead investigator of Project MIDAS, which has been monitoring the ice shelf for years.
The idea of harvesting icebergs is not new - one highly publicised effort in the 1970s to bring polar ice to Saudi Arabia was abandoned for price and technical challenges at the time.
And the threat is growing, with the average number of icebergs reaching North Atlantic shipping areas rising to 500 a year.
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.
From the screens tracking the locations and movements of North Atlantic icebergs via satellite technologies to the different types of modeling software for forecasting and simulating the transportation of icebergs to drought-prone regions of the world, my aim is to start to view these emerging (cold) media environments and the issues that they raise as being of disciplinary concern to media theorists and historians (Barney, 2011; Buxton, 2013; Van Wyck, 2010).
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite observed the new iceberg calving and drifting downstream on July 16--17, 2012.
Between 1975 and 1981, Georges Mougin and Saudi prince Mohammed al-Faisal founded Iceberg Transport International (ITI), a company that aimed to bring Mougin's idea to exploit tabular icebergs for fresh water to reality.
But on this night there was virtually no swell or wind; little surf would be generated around any icebergs that might be in the vicinity.
Icebergs fertilising Southern Ocean: Antarctic Icebergs fertilise the Southern Ocean as they melt, enhancing the growth of algae and thereby helping to sequester atmospheric carbon, according to a comprehensive new study.
As climate change liberates more icebergs from melting ice sheets and glaciers, ice scouring--caused when icebergs grate against the ocean floor--is causing increasing damage to Antarctic underwater ecosystems.
One-tenth the weight of a conventional US taxpayer building and able to be erected and dismantled in days, Icebergs deliver speed to market, reduced labor costs and minimise future development hurdles.