Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(rear/raise) its ugly head

rear its ugly headraise its ugly head
1) something difficult or unpleasant appears or becomes visible
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    • let's hope that problem doesn't rear/raise its ugly head again
  • Analysis
    Something which 'rears or raises it's ugly head' becomes visible or causes trouble especially after lying hidden for a time or having previously gone away. It can also refer to unpleasant topics being brought up by someone who is in a position of superiority. Usually, this phrase is used to talk about intangible objects.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Religious extremism has been rearing its ugly head in the divided country due to the breakdown of the peace talks.
    2. The threat of transport strikes rears it's ugly head again as drivers are refused a pay increase.
    3. The topic of gun control reared its ugly head over dinner and lead to an uncomfortable silence at the table.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. After bringing in an IT specialist I believe that we have resolved the long-standing issue, so hopefully it will never raise its ugly head again.
    2. Thanks to our recent downturn in sales, the threat of job cuts has reared its ugly head.
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