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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

COMMON
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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While long-term climate forces created the glaciers that are shedding 10,000 to 15,000 icebergs each year, it is the weather that can determine how many actually end up in the shipping lanes.
Despite their beauty, icebergs can be dangerous when they roll over.
Rosneft has announced the existence of icebergs in Kara Sea calls for special approach to platforms' design.
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.
The iceberg separated itself from Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier last November, while the crack that ultimately led this Iceberg's formation was spotted in 2011, NSAS said.
The iceberg was actually up to 100ft high by 400ft wide, but the 46,000-ton ship was speeding through an icefield at night and crew failed to spot it in time.
The iceberg appears to have made a slight counter-clockwise turn.
Moreover, advances in computer modeling and simulation presents an opportunity to accurately model a prototype iceberg without ever having to climb into a boat.
A giant man-made iceberg, higher than a four-storey building and wider than a tennis court, set up as part of Coca-Cola's refreshment campaign this year, has turned out to be a star attraction in Dubai.
The 900-sqm iceberg is higher than a four-storey building and wider than a tennis court.
Scientists and students from the Russian-American Far East Russia Orca Project (Ferop) spotted the whale, which they have nicknamed Iceberg, twice during research projects off the coast of Bering Island in August 2010.
He said the Ansar Burney Trust was now working for the early release of nationals from Pakistan, India, Yemen, Ghana, Sudan and Philippine in a vessel MV Iceberg 1 with a flag of Panama.
Summary: LazyTown, the widely popular international children's show, and a huge man-made iceberg are only two among hundreds of excitements in Dubai to entice kids to the joy of 14th DSS.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, February 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading intellectual property specialists CPA Global and ICEBERG Innovation Partners Limited (ICEBERG IP) have teamed up to create a powerful new force in the patent monetization market.
SYDNEY, February 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading intellectual property specialists CPA Global and ICEBERG Innovation Partners Limited (ICEBERG IP) have teamed up to create a powerful new force in the patent monetisation market.