the small matter of (something)

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the small matter of (something)

Said in reference to a rather large or important issue that has not yet been completed or addressed. A: "Thank you for your services, Jennings. My valet will show you out." B: "Thank you, sir. However, there is still the small matter of my pay for the last three months."
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Captain," resumed the other, untying his little wallet with great deliberation, and even in a manner to show he found satisfaction in the delay, "I wish to offer you a small matter of trade.
Wherefore, bind the heathen crew, and bestow on them a small matter of stripes apiece, as earnest of our future justice.
But, comrade, it is in my mind that there is some small matter of dispute still open between us.
And now, gentlemen, seein' as we've met so happily, I think I'll stand up to a small matter of a treat in this here parlor.
Meanwhile, Alya has the small matter of her wedding to plan.
We wish he'd stop dithering and make up his mind because as well as the small matter of his looming wedding to Shabs, we won't be able to stomach too many more of his pained and tortured expressions.
Then, after the small matter of the nomination form and an interview with a panel of esteemed judges, one winner from the three finalists in each category will go forward to compete for the overall BYPY title - simple
But look lively; there's still the small matter of a new year to see in yet, and given what a shindig he hosts every year, it's little wonder Alan Carr and his cabinet of booze have been invited back once more.
00pm, ITV2 In a desperate attempt to turn around his lackluster life, Shaun tries to win back the love of his life, make up with his mother, and deal with the small matter of a community that has returned from the dead.
There's also the small matter of a "superprison" soon to be opened in the area.
And, of course, there is the small matter of Gareth Bale having picked up an injury - he'd be a loss to any side in the world right now.
However, while syndicates big and small will look to keep selections down to a minimum for the Fillies' Mile and Sun Chariot at Newmarket, they still have the small matter of four devilishly difficult handicaps to solve, the last leg being the 35-runner Betfred Cambridgeshire, in which the sponsor bets 12-1 the field.
And there's also the small matter of keeping the phone lines open longer to get more cash.
But they were having trouble finding somewhere to stay, what with the small matter of the Olympics on at the same time.
But first he has the small matter of a trial to deal with.
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