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be the tip of the iceberg

To be only a small, often unrepresentative portion of something much larger or more complex that cannot yet be seen or understood. If Congress doesn't vote to extend the debt limit, a government shutdown will be the tip of the iceberg in terms of what the country will have to deal with. With mobile apps, you have to account for replay value, monetization, ad revenue, and how much the players will spread the game to their friends. Making a fun game is really just the tip of the iceberg!
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just the tip of the iceberg

Only a small, often unrepresentative portion of something much larger or more complex that cannot yet be seen or understood. If Congress doesn't vote to extend the debt limit, a government shutdown will be just the tip of the iceberg. The flooding is bad, but we're dealing with just the tip of the iceberg: a huge spate of environmental disasters are on the horizon because of climate change.
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the tip of the iceberg

Only a small, often unrepresentative portion of something much larger or more complex that cannot yet be seen or understood. If congress doesn't vote to extend the debt limit, a government shutdown will be just the tip of the iceberg. The flooding is bad, but we're dealing with just the tip of the iceberg—a huge spate of environmental disasters are on the horizon because of climate change.
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tip of the iceberg

Fig. only the part of something that can be easily observed, but not the rest of it, which is hidden. (Referring to the fact that the majority of an iceberg is below the surface of the water.) The problems that you see here now are just the tip of the iceberg. There are numerous disasters waiting to happen.
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tip of the iceberg

Superficial evidence of a much larger problem, as in Laying off a hundred workers is only the tip of the iceberg. This idiom alludes to the structure of an iceberg, most of whose bulk lies underwater. [Mid-1900s]
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the tip of the iceberg

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the tip of an iceberg

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1. If something is the tip of the iceberg or the tip of an iceberg, it is a small part of a very large problem or a very serious situation. We get about 2,000 complaints every year and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Figures show that there have been 700 official burglaries throughout the area, but police believe this is the tip of the iceberg.
2. If something is the tip of the iceberg or the tip of an iceberg, it is a small part of something large. These surveys are only the tip of an iceberg of continuing study. Note: People often use an adjective before iceberg to show what sort of thing it is. These songs are just the tip of the creative iceberg. Note: Only a very small part of an iceberg is visible above the water. About nine-tenths of it is below the surface.
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the tip of an (or the) iceberg

the small perceptible part of a much larger situation or problem which remains hidden.
This phrase refers to the fact that only about one fifth of the mass of an iceberg is visible above the surface of the sea.
1998 New Scientist This leaves pressure groups wondering whether there are further breaches still waiting to be discovered. Sue Mayer of Gene Watch asks: ‘Is it the tip of the iceberg?’
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be the tip of the ˈiceberg

what you can see of a problem or difficult situation is only one small part of a much larger hidden problem: The 1 000 homeless people in London sleeping in night shelters are only the tip of the iceberg. There are many thousands of homeless people in the capital.
Only 1/7 or 1/8 of an iceberg can be seen above the water.
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iceberg

n. a cold and unemotional person. (see also iceberg slim.) What an insensitive iceberg!

iceberg slim

1. n. a pimp. When iceberg slim came by in his pimpmobile, Jed made a rude sign at him.
2. n. a person who exploits others; a cold, heartless person. The guy’s a regular iceberg slim.
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tip of the iceberg

A small evident part or aspect of something largely hidden.
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We will continue to monitor both the impact of this calving event on the Larsen C Ice Shelf, and the fate of this huge iceberg.
In 2009, more than 150 passengers and crew were evacuated after the MTV Explorer sank after striking an iceberg off the Antarctic peninsula.
Bringing floating icebergs to the UAE would not only bring much-needed freshwater, according to Al Shehi.
When the Titanic, the largest vessel in the world, sank on April 15 killing 1517 people, the iceberg was estimated to be 400ft long and up to 100ft above the water, giving it a mass of 1.
Antarctic icebergs as a global fresh water resource.
The unpredictable nature of icebergs means they may suddenly overturn, while huge chunks of above-water ice can also break free and plummet down.
It gave it a pretty big nudge," Neal Young, an Australian Antarctic Division glaciologist, told The Associated Press news agency, speaking about the older iceberg.
The Mertz glacier iceberg is amongst the largest in recorded history in the past several years.
Designed specifically to engage the audiences of brand and mission driven organisations, Woods Bagot says the Icebergs are unique physical spaces that support a wide range of uses: interactive "pop up" retail sites to exhibitions and cultural events; from local start-ups and not-for-profit organisations to regional and global brands.
As the Icebergs melt, some of the Iron dissolves In the sea water, creating a trail of Iron-rich water that can be up to 19 kilometres long.
These locations are far enough south that refloated icebergs resuming their southward drift would have sufficient time to reach the shipping lanes by mid-April, the time when the lookout Frederick Fleet peered into a starlit night and called out the words: "Iceberg, right ahead
We are planning firstly for an experiment in 2013 with three small icebergs moored or grounded in a Newfoundland bay - one not protected - where they will be subjected to tide currents, so that we can test different types of protection to define the optimal conditions of their life extension.
Like other glaciers that end in the ocean, Petermann periodically calves icebergs.
She said that it is completely natural for icebergs to split off from glaciers in Antarctica, however this calving does shrink the Pine Island Glacier beyond its 30-year normal.
Operation Iceberg (BBC Two, Tuesday, 9pm) | YOU'RE about to learn a whole lot more about icebergs thanks to this two-part documentary in which naturalist Chris Packham and ocean expert Helen Czerski, right, along with diver Andy Torbet, cameraman Doug Allan and doctor Chris Van Tulleken embark on an expedition to the Arctic to trace the life cycle of one of these giants of the seas.