raise its (ugly) head

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raise its (ugly) head

Of a difficult, unpleasant problem, to present itself and force people to deal with it. Fundamentalist extremism has been raising its head all around the world over the last couple years. I can't believe tax day is already raising its ugly head again.
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Politics should never raise its ugly head in calamities, Romualdez said, noting that Filipinos should not forget the lessons and best practices from the disaster.
The wave of extremism that has spread across the world, particularly in countries like Pakistan and India, has also begun to raise its ugly head in Bangladesh, a fact that the writer of 'Grassroot Economy' has very articulately pointed out.
ISLAMABAD -- Subletting of government quarters in residential colony of Pakistan Medical Institute of Sciences (PIMS) has let the monster of security threats to raise its ugly head putting lives of the residents at stake.
What a shame that programme was shown again - making hatred raise its ugly head.
Sydney, Jan 23 ( ANI ): The international cricketers' body has reportedly slammed the proposal to place control of the sport largely in the hands of India, Australia and England and said that 'self-interest' is set to raise its ugly head at boardroom level in world cricket.
And I fear that when results start going badly that that subject might raise its ugly head again.
When she assumed office in May 2011, speculation was rife as to whether the politics of vendetta would raise its ugly head.
Anything less and the old Keano motto of "fail to prepare, prepare to fail" will raise its ugly head again.
I was sad to see the term "nimby" raise its ugly head again in your page 16 article, used by a supporter seemingly in anger.
It is an open secret that corruption is rampant in India and that it will raise its ugly head in any money-spinning venture.
But it's bound to raise its ugly head in this programme, as his wife of 27 years, Maggie - who looks after her man, tending his every need - swaps places with Sanderson.
7pm Football Bayer Leverkusen v Al-Ahly Eurosport 2, 7pm More action from the Zayton Cup for those who just cannot wait for the football season to raise its ugly head.
He said: "That this Little Englander attitude should raise its ugly head over honouring a great man is a sad and pitiful gesture.
The cup is going to raise its ugly head, but it's our job to keep focused on the league.