An unexpected, typically unpleasant or problematic end to something: the Budget comes with a sting in the tail—future tax increases
More example sentences
- 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.
Definition of sting in the tail in:
- The US English dictionary