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
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)
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.
Professional Examples (Basic)
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.
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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