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the late unpleasantness

1. Any recent war, but used especially in reference to the American Civil War. The statue serves as a reminder of the late unpleasantness and the devastating effects it had on the community 150 years ago.
2. By extension, any recent controversial or divisive event or period. The book goes over the late unpleasantness of the last election, and the ructions it has caused across the country.
See also: late, unpleasantness
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

late unpleasantness

Euph. the U.S. Civil War. (Old.) The town courthouse was burned in the late unpleasantness. Many of my ancestors lost their lives in the late unpleasantness.
See also: late, unpleasantness
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

the late unpleasantness

the war that took place recently.
This phrase was originally used of the American Civil War ( 1861–5 ).
See also: late, unpleasantness
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I was aghast to read of the unpleasantness that she received following the Grand National and can only assure her that for every vicious busybody who wastes good ink and paper in causing hurt, there are scores more like me who enjoy and appreciate her excellent presenting on television and radio and who sincerely wish her all the best.
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I stopped smoking only three years ago, and even when I did smoke I had not smoked in my local pub for years because of the unpleasantness of it all.