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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That would also include raising its head, thrusting it upwards and pulling back with its legs once it has taken a bite.
The reason for this raising its head again is due to the younger generation creating trouble in the town centres with drunken rowdiness, fighting etc, and then the rest of the population having to pay the price for it.
SIR - Republicanism is raising its head again in the shape of the fuss over the oath of loyalty to the Queen (head of state representing the nations of Britain).
With the Neville saga raising its head again, you have to wonder if this another Doug ploy of attempting to make fans believe something is happening.
The offender fired an airgun pellet at the bird which is thought to have prevented it from raising its head out of the water at Whittleford Park, Nuneaton, on Sunday or Monday.
Democracy remains a stranger to the region with few, indeed, very few exceptions where the democratic process is always under the threat of authoritarianism raising its head again.
With a cash-crisis raising its head again and rumours that chairman Terry Venables may look to sell his shares if a takeover bid fails, this was just the kind of result boss Terry Fenwick needed.