Definition of sting in the tail in English:

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sting in the tail

An unexpected, typically unpleasant or problematic end to something: the Budget comes with a sting in the tail—future tax increases
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  • But there could be a sting in the tail, with the unexpected surge in jobs putting another interest rate hike back on the RBA's agenda.
  • While he extended the current venture capital trust schemes, research and development tax credits and capital allowances, there was a surprise sting in the tail for those running some of Britain's smallest enterprises.
  • If the benchmarking body does not deliver parity of pay, then we will deliver the sting in the tail.
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