rear its head

rear its (ugly) head

Of a difficult, unpleasant problem, to present itself and force people to deal with it. Fundamentalist extremism has been rearing its head all around the world over the last couple years. I can't believe tax day is already rearing its ugly head again.
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rear its head

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raise its head

COMMON If something unpleasant rears its head or raises its head, it starts to appear or be active, often when it had stopped or been hidden for a period. Now the same ugly forces of racial hatred are beginning to rear their heads again. The familiar pattern of violence is raising its head once again in the region. Note: People often say that something unpleasant rears or raises its ugly head. We will not allow hooliganism to rear its ugly head again.
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rear its (ugly) head

(of an unpleasant matter) emerge; present itself.
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rear/raise its (ugly) ˈhead

(used of something considered unpleasant) appear again after being hidden or forgotten: Political corruption has reared its ugly head again.Famine has raised its head again in many parts of the world.
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Grey's forthcoming concept piece is called Hidden, so some of this material may well begin to rear its head on next week's date.
Dockery - who plays the daughter of the Earl of Grantham, played by Bonneville - told The Telegraph that the scandal which haunted her character in the first series would also rear its head again.
Sadly this is the last in the current series, but you can expect series 25 to rear its head later in the year.
Gen Richards, 58, told the paper: "Make no mistake, the global threat from al-Qeada and its terrorist affiliates is an enduring one and one which, if we let it, will rear its head in states, particularly those that are unstable.
However the 34-year-old middle distance runner has a contingency plan just in case sickness should rear its head as it did at the Europeans two years ago.
Usually when the inverted yield curves starts to rear its head, the consensus of opinion is that it is conceivable that the US economy could be heading into a recession though, for the moment, the confluence of data doesn't necessarily point in that direction.
As is the nature of the business, designers and vendors said it may simply be the next trend beginning to rear its head.
Christmas time can be even harder as families are brought together, and prejudice can rear its head.
Scheduled for August in Athens, Greece, the ongoing controversy over performance-enhancing drugs will no doubt rear its head.
Enterprise Storage Group founder and senior analyst Steve Duplessie has said that, "Traffic congestion is not talked about enough in the storage network market, but it's a very ugly secret that will rear its head at the worst possible time as networks get bigger.
But such is the worldwide revulsion at this colossal human tragedy, a division over how we respond should never be allowed to rear its head.
Of course, when sculpture in the form of clothing is compared to, say, a present-day painting of a horse, a similar artistic problem does rear its head, in this case a sentimental neigh that echoes back to the hollows of Lascaux.