tip of the iceberg

noun phrase

Definition of tip of the iceberg

: the earliest, most obvious, or most superficial manifestation of some phenomenon

First Known Use of tip of the iceberg

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tip of the iceberg

from an iceberg being mostly submerged

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“Tip of the iceberg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tip%20of%20the%20iceberg. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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