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  1. fly in the ointmentnoun

    an inconvenience that detracts from the usefulness of something


  1. fly in the ointmentnoun

    Something which ruins or spoils everything else; a nuisance or problem; an unpleasant or disagreeable detail.


  1. fly in the ointment

    "Fly in the ointment" is an idiom that refers to a minor flaw, complication, or problem that spoils an otherwise favorable situation or a plan. It comes from the imagery of a tiny fly ruin the ointment, a usually delightful or valuable substance, causing frustration or disappointment.


  1. Fly in the Ointment

    Fly in the Ointment was an early EP released by AFI. Tracks 1-3 were re-recorded for Very Proud of Ya, and "Open Your Eyes" is the same as the version on the re-release of Answer That and Stay Fashionable but features different vocal tracks and a different mix. It was released on the 31 March 1995 on Wedge Records. The 1st pressing was on pale-green glow in the dark vinyl, the 2nd pressing was on translucent yellow vinyl and the 3rd pressing was on black vinyl.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fly in the ointment in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fly in the ointment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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  • Haar in der SuppeGerman
  • hic, os, problèmeFrench
  • eitilt san ointmentIrish
  • fly in the ointmentItalian
  • ಮುಲಾಮು ಹಾರುತ್ತವೆKannada
  • In fugere ista unguentiLatin
  • ложка дёгтя в бочке мёда, ложка дёгтяRussian
  • smolk i mjölken, smolk i glädjebägarenSwedish

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    the cardinal number that is the sum of one and one and one
    • A. ditch
    • B. serendipity
    • C. flair
    • D. ternion

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