just the tip of the iceberg

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)
See also: iceberg, just, of, tip
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This month's coverage of the Pacific Northwest-Alaska Connection is just the tip of the iceberg.
A pounds 30MILLION bill forNorthern Ireland patients subjected to negligent treatment is just the tip of the iceberg, it was claimed last night.
With the federal government auditing less than 1 percent of E-rate recipients, these cases may be just the tip of the iceberg in a program that has spent $13 billion to date.
This water ice may be just the tip of the iceberg," says Titus.
Said Stringer: "While 13,000 open violations seems like a lot, it is just the tip of the iceberg.
And the proliferation of non-dairy desserts like Tofutti, Soy Delicious, and Rice Dream Bars is just the tip of the iceberg.
ROBOTIC PETS and other robotic gadgets are just the tip of the iceberg.
AT&T is not alone in ramping up its backbone speeds, however, and 10Gbps now seems just the tip of the iceberg.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg in what families need to consider when paying for a college education.
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee is just the tip of the iceberg," DeBoer said.
The proportion of the insect world using airborne sounds is just the tip of the iceberg," he says.
But, this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we can create for service providers who want to adapt the Softphone for their customers.
This is just the tip of the iceberg,'' said Wes Bledsoe, president of A Perfect Cause, which is based in Oklahoma.
This is just the tip of the iceberg in what we hope will be a great forum for technology experts to work together to focus on enhancing the products being developed to improve the overall healthcare system.
I'm hoping it's not just the tip of the iceberg,'' she told the budget panel.