Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

a (little) hiccup

a hiccupa little hiccup
1) a minor or short-lived disruption to something
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    • it's just a little hiccup, there's nothing to worry about
  • Analysis

    A hiccup is a repetitive involuntary spasm of the diaphragm creating a recognisable sound often relieved by drinking water. A 'little hiccup' or a 'slight hiccup' refers to a small setback or problem. This expression is used to diminish how bad a problem or setback sounds, calling it 'a little hiccup' assures others that it can be solved or dealt with easily.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Overall, the party went really well. There was a little hiccup when the DJ didn't show up on time, but apart from that it was all smooth sailing.
    2. My college interview went really well, there was a little hiccup when they asked me a difficult question but I think I managed it well.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The CEO moved quickly to reassure shareholders that the recent drop in the company's market value was nothing more than a little hiccup, and urged them not to engage in herd mentality by rushing to sell.
    2. My work on the project suffered a few hiccups along the way, but I managed to overcome those stumbling blocks and submit it before the deadline.
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