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fly in the ointment

A flaw or imperfection that detracts from something positive. The only fly in the ointment in an otherwise perfect wedding day was the fact that the bride tripped when walking down the aisle.
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fly in the ointment

Fig. a small, unpleasant matter that spoils something; a drawback. We enjoyed the play, but the fly in the ointment was not being able to find my hat afterward. It sounds like a good idea, but there must be a fly in the ointment somewhere.
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fly in the ointment

A drawback or detrimental factor. For example, The new library is wonderful but there's a fly in the ointment: their catalog isn't complete yet . This term probably alludes to a biblical proverb (Ecclesiastes 10:1): "Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour." [c. 1600]
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a fly in the ointment

If someone or something is a fly in the ointment, they prevent a situation from being as successful or happy as it would be without them. The only fly in the ointment is Bella's chronic lack of concentration. One potentially large fly in the ointment is how radio resources have been split up worldwide. Note: This expression probably comes from the Bible: `Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.' (Ecclesiastes 10:1)
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a fly in the ointment

a minor irritation or other factor that spoils the success or enjoyment of something.
This expression alludes to Ecclesiastes 10:1: ‘Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour’.
1998 Times Before you conclude that I have become a raging Europhile, let me say that there is a fly in the ointment.
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a/the fly in the ˈointment

(informal) a person or thing that stops a situation, an activity, a plan, etc. from being as good or successful as it could be: We lead a very happy life here. The only fly in the ointment is that there’s too much traffic on our road.
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fly in the ointment

A detrimental circumstance or detail; a drawback.
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fly in the ointment

A spoiler. Ecclesiastes 10:1 relates that dead flies impart a bad odor to perfume; early versions translate the word “perfume” as “ointment.” Another old phrase with the same meaning is to “throw a monkey wrench in the works.”
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Moreover, the allopathic medicines and ointments are not only expensive but also fail to cure the disease permanently.
Although tacrolimus ointment is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis in nonimmunocompromised children aged 2 years and older, data are being collected on "actual use" conditions, including off-label use in children under 2 years of age.
Thomas Holloway was amongst the first to recognise the power and potential of advertising and spent large sums on worldwide adverts for his ointment and pills.
Apart from 'magic' herbs, the ointments contained weird ingredients such as the fat of wolves and cats, bats' blood, frogs' toe, etc.
It can be used in various forms--as a fluid extract, tea bath, oil or ointment.
The ills of humans have long responded to treatment by poultices, physics, ointments, pain killers, and other remedies concocted from leaves, twigs, bark, fruit, and roots.
Tetracycline ointment was more effective than silver nitrate drops in preventing both gonococcal and chlamydial eye infections in newborns.
Diaper rash ointment is not only for treating diaper rash, but also can be preventative.
Healthcare company Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) reported on Wednesday the receipt of approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for EUCRISA (crisaborole) ointment 2% for the treatment of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis (AD), a chronic condition characterised by inflammation of the skin.
M2 PHARMA-December 15, 2016-Pfizer wins US FDA approval for EUCRISA ointment 2% for the treatment of mild to moderate atopic dermatitis
Mentholatum ointment has been providing relief from coughs and chest aches associated with colds and influenza since 1889.
ISLAMABAD, February 16, 2010 (Balochistan Times): A constitutional petition has filed against the presidential order of ointment of judges, delay in the ointment of judges in the Supreme Court.
You need to use an ointment on the area to moisturise and protect the skin.
The ointment contains three ingredients that are said to work together to soothe, treat and prevent diaper rash.