the tip of the iceberg

Definition of the tip of the iceberg

: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.

Word by Word Definitions

tip play
  1. : overturn, upset

  2. : cant, tilt

  3. : to raise and tilt forward in salute

  1. : the act or an instance of tipping : tilt

  2. : a place for depositing something (such as rubbish) by dumping

  1. : the usually pointed end of something

  2. : a small piece or part serving as an end, cap, or point

  1. : to furnish with a tip

  2. : to cover or adorn the tip of

  3. : to blend (furs) for improved appearance by brushing the tips of the hair with dye

  1. : to strike lightly : tap

  2. : to give (something, such as a baseball) a glancing blow

  3. : tiptoe

  1. : a light touch or blow

  1. : a piece of advice or expert or authoritative information

  2. : a piece of advance or confidential information given by one thought to have access to special or inside sources

  1. : to impart a piece of information or advice about or to

  2. : to mention as a likely candidate, prospective winner, or profitable investment : tout

  1. : to give a gratuity to

  2. : give, present

  3. : to bestow a gratuity

  1. : a gift or a sum of money tendered for a service performed or anticipated : gratuity

iceberg play
  1. : a large floating mass of ice detached from a glacier

  2. : an emotionally cold person

  3. : iceberg lettuce


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