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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"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(Rob's mother, on the phone from America, is a real piece of work.) And then there's the little matter of an engagement ring, and a proposal that'll make you quite relieved your own life doesn't come close to this.
There are two more days of celebrations to go before we get to the little matter of the run itself.
There's also the little matter of suspected corruption that leads to an internal investigation and the fact that Regan is having it off with another copper's missus.
However, first there's the little matter of finalising their line-ups by deciding who will stay and who will go after another round of battle duets between singers from the same team.
Then there's the little matter of her old flame Sean, a traffic cop who comes to her rescue while she's being strangled by a murder suspect.