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fly in the ointment

A flaw or imperfection that detracts from something positive. The only fly in the ointment in an otherwise perfect wedding day was the fact that the bride tripped when walking down the aisle.
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fly in the ointment

Fig. a small, unpleasant matter that spoils something; a drawback. We enjoyed the play, but the fly in the ointment was not being able to find my hat afterward. It sounds like a good idea, but there must be a fly in the ointment somewhere.
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a fly in the ointment

(spoken)
someone or something that spoils a good situation What remains a fly in the ointment is the fact that the UN has not approved the peace plan.
Etymology: from a Bible story which explains that dead flies spoil ointment (medicine spread on the skin)
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a fly in the ointment

someone or something that spoils a situation which could have been successful or pleasant The only fly in the ointment was my mother, who insisted on whispering through the first half of the show.
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fly in the ointment

A drawback or detrimental factor. For example, The new library is wonderful but there's a fly in the ointment: their catalog isn't complete yet . This term probably alludes to a biblical proverb (Ecclesiastes 10:1): "Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour." [c. 1600]
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fly in the ointment

A detrimental circumstance or detail; a drawback.
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fly in the ointment

A spoiler. Ecclesiastes 10:1 relates that dead flies impart a bad odor to perfume; early versions translate the word “perfume” as “ointment.” Another old phrase with the same meaning is to “throw a monkey wrench in the works.”
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You will never buy another diaper rash ointment after you try this one, promise," Tina Marie*.
This report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Baby Ointment market for the period 2015-2019.
No alternative batches of the ointment are currently available and shortages are already being reported.
8220;Callex Ointment is great for smoothing dry, cracked skin on your heels and feet,” says CEO, Carol J Buck.
They each received both the St John's wort ointment and a placebo, one applied to the right and the other to the left side of the patient's body randomly.
They were randomized to 2 g of Traumeel ointment, Traumeel gel, or diclofenac 1% gel applied three times daily for 2 weeks.
I'd ring her secretary and tell her what I needed, go in the very next day and pick up my ointment, no need to see my doctor.
Physiologist Dirk van Helden at the University of Newcastle in Australia and his colleagues showed that, in humans, applying a nitric oxide-producing ointment within one minute of a simulated snakebite slows the transit of injected tracer molecules.
of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, utilized pharmacoeconomic modeling based upon data from the two pivotal phase III, double-blind, vehicle-controlled, randomized trials of sinecatechins ointment 15% (Veregen), along with a systematic review of the published imiquimod (Aldara) literature, Dr.
This study compared an ointment containing an extract of comfrey root, Symphytum officinale, (Kytta-Salbe(R) f; Merck Selbstmedikation GmbH) with a placebo ointment in patients with acute upper or lower back pain.
In moderate cases, often associated with a low-grade peri-oral inflammation, an intermediate-strength steroid, often combined with an antiseptic, such as Haelan-C[R] ointment twice daily, is useful.
For nasal irrigation, ASL's premixed unit-dose vials may be used with a NeilMed[R] bottle or any other irrigation device, eliminating patients' need to dissolve ointment in water.
Scientists have found that application of a poly-herbal ointment with chickpeas as its base can effectively treat Leukoderma.
An ointment containing extracts from Mahonia aquifolium, Viola tricolor and Centella asiatica has previously been studied in open uncontrolled trials with children.
I told the children it was magic ointment - and they were happy to have it smeared on.