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therein lies the rub

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EtymologyEdit

Misquotation from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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therein lies the rub

  1. That is where the problem is.
    I tried to back up my database to a USB flash drive - but therein lies the rub - it isn't big enough.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
      "Devoutly to be wish'd.
      To die, to sleep;
      To sleep: perchance to dream
      ay, there's the rub
      For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
      When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
      Must give us pause: there's the respect
      That makes calamity of so long life;