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the tip of an (or the) iceberg

Definition of the tip of an or the iceberg in English:

The small perceptible part of a much larger situation or problem that remains hidden: detected fraud is only the tip of the iceberg
More example sentences
  • These are real women, real situations and sadly, only the tip of the iceberg.
  • Yet they are the tip of an iceberg because most cases of child abuse remain unknown, with children suffering in silence.
  • This is just the tip of the iceberg, with many missing but not reported.
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