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fly contact
fly dope
Fly drill
fly fisherman
Fly fishing
Fly flap
fly floor
fly front
Fly fungus
fly gallery
Fly governor
fly high
fly honeysuckle
Fly hook
fly in the face of
fly in the teeth of
fly into
Fly leaf
Fly maggot
fly net
Fly nut
fly off the handle
fly on
fly on the wall
fly open
fly orchid
Fly orchis
Fly paper
fly poison
Fly powder

fly in the ointment definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an inconvenience that detracts from the usefulness of something

Merriam Webster's

phrasal a detracting factor or element

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

see ointment

Moby Thesaurus

abomination, atrocity, bad, bane, befoulment, blemish, blight, block, blockade, bottleneck, bug, catch, cordon, corruption, crack, crying evil, curtain, damage, defect, defection, deficiency, defilement, despoliation, destruction, determent, deterrent, detriment, difficulty, drawback, evil, failing, failure, fault, faute, flaw, foible, frailty, grievance, hang-up, harm, havoc, hazard, hitch, hole, hurdle, hurt, ill, imperfection, inadequacy, infection, infirmity, injury, joker, kink, little problem, mischief, objection, obstacle, obstruction, obstructive, one small difficulty, outrage, poison, pollution, problem, rift, rub, shortcoming, snag, something missing, stumbling block, stumbling stone, taint, the worst, toxin, venom, vexation, vulnerable place, weak link, weak point, weakness, woe, wrong


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