rear its ugly head

rear its ugly head

Fig. [for something unpleasant] to appear or become obvious after lying hidden. Jealousy reared its ugly head and destroyed their marriage. The question of money always rears its ugly head in matters of business.
See also: head, rear, ugly

rear its ugly head

Appear. This phrase is used only of something undesirable or unpleasant, as in The interview went very well until a question about his academic record reared its ugly head . This expression was first recorded in slightly different form in Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers (1857): "Rebellion had already reared her hideous head."
See also: head, rear, ugly
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Yes, I know the cancer will rear its ugly head again, but to have his mindset is, I believe, very sad and so negative.
Don''t think so, one feels that independence will rear its ugly head again.
AFTER the recent postal strike, a more damaging refusal to work is about to rear its ugly head.
Police forces across the country were rightly criticised for taking almost no action when postal vote fraud began to rear its ugly head between 2002 and 2004.
Events over the past week could be the beginning of yet another opportunity for racism to rear its ugly head again.
Character education might be a good idea, or it might very well be an insidious project that hides a Nihilism that is too afraid or ashamed to rear its ugly head.
Toward the end, his frustration began to rear its ugly head.
THE issue of euthanasia looks set to rear its ugly head any day now, following the case of baby Charlotte Ward, whom a judge has decreed doctors must be allowed to let die, and now with the case of the little baby in Alder Hey Hospital.
Seagulls supporters will acknowledge that a relegation battle will soon rear its ugly head despite their mid-table position.
EBay pirates such as the ubiquitous Sarge, Dicky Discount, and Barfly are all claiming that a for-sale copy exists and will soon rear its ugly head.
The book contains little that's new; after all, it's not like the right has thought the left has been correct about communism all these years, nor is it the case that communism is about to rear its ugly head.
Chairman Ken Bates also vowed not to let "yob culture rear its ugly head again.
Few sports allow the question of a conflict of interests to rear its ugly head on days when clubs are fighting for the money pots of the Heineken Cup.
However, no matter how much a school tries to change its culture, bullying has a tendency to rear its ugly head.
With the odds stacked against the shares, and overhead resistance set to rear its ugly head, investors may want to steer clear of CSCO for the time being.