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rear its (ugly) head

Of a difficult, unpleasant problem, to present itself and force people to deal with it. Fundamentalist extremism has been rearing its head all around the world over the last couple years. I can't believe tax day is already rearing its ugly head again.
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rear its ugly head

Fig. [for something unpleasant] to appear or become obvious after lying hidden. Jealousy reared its ugly head and destroyed their marriage. The question of money always rears its ugly head in matters of business.
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rear its ugly head

Appear. This phrase is used only of something undesirable or unpleasant, as in The interview went very well until a question about his academic record reared its ugly head . This expression was first recorded in slightly different form in Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers (1857): "Rebellion had already reared her hideous head."
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rear its head

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raise its head

COMMON If something unpleasant rears its head or raises its head, it starts to appear or be active, often when it had stopped or been hidden for a period. Now the same ugly forces of racial hatred are beginning to rear their heads again. The familiar pattern of violence is raising its head once again in the region. Note: People often say that something unpleasant rears or raises its ugly head. We will not allow hooliganism to rear its ugly head again.
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rear its (ugly) head

(of an unpleasant matter) emerge; present itself.
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rear/raise its (ugly) ˈhead

(used of something considered unpleasant) appear again after being hidden or forgotten: Political corruption has reared its ugly head again.Famine has raised its head again in many parts of the world.
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Then I look again and what is that monstrosity rearing its ugly head over the roof?
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ONCE again we see inequality in our society rearing its ugly head.
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I SEE from reading the papers that the greed of Westminster might be rearing its ugly head again.
A It's likely your dog has a very strong attachment to you and jealousy is rearing its ugly head. It sounds like he is unwilling to share your affections with other members of your family after he's spent the day with you.
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In the past year, however, we have become concerned that GM's traditional organizational arrogance is rearing its ugly head again and that they are underestimating how much they still have to do to remain successful in this market.
Murder, greed, voodoo and visitations from the dead fuel Lita's volcanic anger, but her outbursts cannot keep her daughters from growing up, her father from dying, her aunts from being crazy, or her past from rearing its ugly head.
RACISM has a habit of rearing its ugly head in the most unusual places.
It was heartening to see the immediate response to the threat of fascism rearing its ugly head once again.
Dr Rogan Taylor, director of the Football Research Unit at Liverpool University, admitted the incidents were worrying, but was not surprised to see the problem of hooliganism rearing its ugly head once again.