Tip-of-the-iceberg meaning

(idiomatic) Only the beginning; just a small indication of a larger possibility; a problem is much bigger than it seems.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Our problems can become much worse.

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Origin of tip-of-the-iceberg

  • tip + iceberg. Floating icebergs have a significant proportion of their mass below the surface of the water.

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