fly in the ointment

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Words related to fly in the ointment

an inconvenience that detracts from the usefulness of something

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The one fly in the ointment is if the Tories win the election.
The only fly in the ointment was an officious attendant who said no photos were allowed.
One fly in the ointment is his two-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.
The fly in the ointment, or, more specifically, the worm in this Edenic apple-tree grove, was Viola, a wriggling serpent in chartreuse, determined to wreak havoc on this crew's cloistered morality for the sport of it.
There is only one small fly in the ointment that has temporarily put the brakes on his plan.