from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small evident part or aspect of something largely hidden: afraid that these few reported cases of the disease might only be the tip of the iceberg.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Only the beginning; just a small indication of a larger possibility; a problem is much bigger than it seems
Fighting and smashing heads through windows is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ’roid rage.
The ship was maintaining position in Disko Bay about a mile west of the fjord entrance, and Jack could see the tip of the iceberg beyond the starboard railing opposite them.
They are just the tip of the iceberg of what is to emerge over the next few years in the growing body of science-validated natural substances.