the little matter of (something)

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the little 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 little matter of my pay for the last three months."
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Armand Moncharmin at the moment when they were deciding "to look into that little matter of Box Five."
"You see how very important the little matter of coal is, and by as much as you learn of this little matter you will become that much better a workman--more valuable to us, more valuable to yourself.
Is there any other order, sir, that I can take a note of, besides this little matter of Mr Richard?'
Werper narrated all, save the little matter of the pouch of gems which were now tightly strapped about his waist, beneath his clothing.
The little matter of the caricature we will settle on a future occasion.
Maybe Mr Kerr could address the little matter of how his Conservative Government will provide the funds to Scotland which we will lose if his dream of Brexit ever happens.
GThe former Emmerdale actress didn't let a little matter of being pregnant get in the way of her climb, saying she knew her dad 'somehow helped drag me up there.'.
Not only did Gordon Elliott's star win the 2014 Triumph Hurdle, the 2017 National Hunt Chase and this race in 2018 - there is also the little matter of his win in the Grand National a month later.
But before that, there's the little matter of Christmas and her preferred telly viewing.
'There is also a little matter of the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA.
Then, of course, there was the little matter of horses racing each other - eight races in all.
But there's the little matter of advertising the phone.
Because, no matter whether FG paid back the dough or not, that little matter of truth-telling about the $$$ in the first place will not be going away.
If that wasn't enough to put Maxine, pictured, on edge, there's also the little matter of Patrick's will - and Sienna's reaction to the news that her dad left everything to his wife.
In between, of course, there was the little matter of winning League titles with his old Kop sparring partner Kevin Keegan and helping the great Liverpool side of the 1970s conquer Europe.