the little/small matter


used in an ironic way to refer to a difficult situation or problem
He wants to buy a new car, but first there's the little/small matter of getting enough money to pay for it.

Examples of the little/small matter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of course, before Clarke or anyone else can be nominated for a Tony this season, there’s the little matter of handing out the awards for the truncated 2019–2020 season. Adam Green, Vogue, 2 Sep. 2021 But first, there’s the little matter of a three-day party, with the Lost Lederhosen Band performing each day, DJs, Oktoberfest karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights, at least 10 German-style beers on tap, contests, and plenty of German food under a big tent. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2023 There is also the small matter of Freddy’s affair with a very married Pat Kennedy, whose husband, Peter Lawford, procures women for his brother-in-law the President. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 There is also the small matter of the fish sandwich. Dan Rys, Billboard, 20 Apr. 2022 There is also the small matter of the 32-game difference in the standings. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2021 There’s also the little matter of their induction last year into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Marc Hirsh,, 31 Aug. 2023 Plus, there’s the little matter of ending a losing streak. Dallas News, 3 Mar. 2023 Other changes will be far slower, including the small matter of the coins and bank notes with the queen’s face. Eliot Brown, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2022 See More

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“The little/small matter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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