tip of the iceberg
From the fact that floating icebergs typically have about nine-tenths of their volume below the surface of the water. Early 20th-century uses of the term are believed to have been influenced by the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic on 15 April 1912 after it struck an iceberg.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtɪp əv ðiː ˈaɪsbɜːɡ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈtɪp əv ði ˈaɪsbɝɡ/
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- Hyphenation: tip of the ice‧berg
- (idiomatic) A small indication of a larger possibility; a problem that is much bigger than it seems.
- This is only the tip of the iceberg. Our time together can become much more exciting.
- 2014 September 23, “a teacher”, “Choosing a primary school: A teacher’s guide for parents”, in Katharine Viner, editor, The Guardian, London: Guardian News & Media, ISSN 0261-3077, OCLC 229952407, archived from the original on 25 March 2019:
- Sats don't reflect the bigger picture; rather the tip of an iceberg in the only subjects that politicians think matter.