rear/raise its ugly head

idiom

used to say that something bad appears and causes trouble usually after not occurring for a period of time
Inflation threatened to rear its ugly head.
I knew that the leak we patched would eventually raise its ugly head.

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Recent Examples on the Web When the Red Sea crisis started to rear its ugly head and the major container shipping lines began to divert their ships away from the waterway around southern Africa, Ikea warned of product delays and shortages. Glenn Taylor, Sourcing Journal, 21 June 2024 However, jet lag can rear its ugly head at literally any hour—whether you’re wired in the middle of the night or about to doze off around lunchtime. Kelsey Mulvey, Sunset Magazine, 12 June 2024 Dramamine Non-drowsy Medication Motion sickness can rear its ugly head during the most inopportune times, so Stuckey recommends stocking up on a non-drowsy Dramamine ahead of your next flight to nip this issue in the bud. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 14 Oct. 2023 So, everyone waited for pride to rear its ugly head and the Writers Guild to snap back. Anonymous, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 Sep. 2023 The prevalence of garbage-in garbage-out (GIGO) can rear its ugly head. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 July 2023 Here’s hoping the Curse won’t rear its ugly head this year. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2023 That dreadful anxiety started to rear its ugly head as the European woman got closer to her destination but seeing the various shades of green that went on forever, only momentarily broken up by the mountain peaks, gave her the courage to continue. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 Even after the initial wave subsided in 1352, the plague continued to rear its ugly head for the next five centuries, periodically decimating cities in its wake. Jason P. Dinh, Discover Magazine, 15 June 2022

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“Rear/raise its ugly head.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rear%2Fraise%20its%20ugly%20head. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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