the tip of the iceberg

noun phrase

: a small part of something (such as a problem) that is seen or known about when there is a much larger part that is not seen or known about
The news is shocking, but we may find out that the stories we've heard so far are just the tip of the iceberg.

Examples of the tip of the iceberg in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alluring landscapes that transform with the seasons, small towns embalmed in the past, the healing powers of natural wonders, and highly regional cuisine are just the tip of the iceberg. Christina Liao, Vogue, 2 July 2024 The publication of the Miller House was just the tip of the iceberg for the architectural feature, and by the late 1950s, conversation pits took off. Kate Reggev, Architectural Digest, 28 June 2024 Related Stories These Anthropologie Candlestick Dupes Are Less Than $10 at an Unexpected Retailer That’s just the tip of the iceberg regarding Kosas’ impressive lineup. Katie Decker-Jacoby, StyleCaster, 18 June 2024 These policies are a start, but e-bikes are only the tip of the iceberg. Jon M. Williams, New York Daily News, 26 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for the tip of the iceberg 

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“The tip of the iceberg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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