raise its (ugly) head

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raise its (ugly) head

Of a difficult, unpleasant problem, to present itself and force people to deal with it. Fundamentalist extremism has been raising its head all around the world over the last couple years. I can't believe tax day is already raising its ugly head again.
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It will raise its head again because club owners are forever asking the Premier League to explore new avenues of revenue.
Ramadan is about to raise its head, after which Amro Waked will release his new film "El Ott" (The Cat) .
Now the question of a fully armed police force will raise its head again.
Yet an old problem did raise its head - a lack of numbers on the field.
The potential downside of so many strings did raise its head in Tchaikovsky's Nutracker Suite, when the woodwind harmonies were lost a little in the overall sound.
Many battles are lag-filled marathons, and while this is a problem that has plagued brawlers before, it's still disappointing to see the issue raise its head once again.
"We're aware of complacency and how many times it can raise its head and we're aware that we'll have to deal with it when it raises its head.
And the notion that this is merely another symbol of equality will surely raise its head.
Of course, the thorny issue of what title Camilla should be given will raise its head.