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See definition of fly in the ointment on Dictionary.com
  • as instumbling block
  • as incatch
  • as indisadvantage(s)
  • as indrawback

synonyms for fly in the ointment

  • barrier
  • complication
  • deterrent
  • difficulty
  • drawback
  • handicap
  • hindrance
  • hitch
  • hurdle
  • impediment
  • obstacle
  • setback
  • snag
  • Catch-22
  • barricade
  • blockage
  • catch
  • clog
  • delay
  • discouragement
  • drag
  • holdup
  • limitation
  • obstruction
  • restraint
  • road block
  • stone in one's path
  • stumbling stone
  • snag
  • deception
  • conundrum
  • joke
  • puzzle
  • hitch
  • puzzler
  • drawback
  • trap
  • decoy
  • Catch-22
  • stumbling block
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antonyms for fly in the ointment

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  • advance
  • advantage
  • aid
  • assistance
  • benefit
  • blessing
  • boon
  • ease
  • encouragement
  • help
  • opening
  • peace
  • good fortune
  • advantage
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How to use fly in the ointment in a sentence

Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
Such throats are trying, are they not?In case one catches cold; Ah, yes!
BOYS AND GIRLS BOOKSHELF; A PRACTICAL PLAN OF CHARACTER BUILDING, VOLUME I (OF 17)VARIOUS
The commander-in-chief still kept him attached to the headquarter staff, and constantly employed him on special service.
NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
So far Murat had always held subordinate commands; his great ambition was to become the commander-in-chief of an independent army.
NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
Their jurisdictions overlapped and the Gascon would play second fiddle to no one save to his great brother-in-law.
NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
You never know when you are going to stumble upon a jewel in the most out-of-the-way corner.
MUSIC-STUDY IN GERMANYAMY FAY
Aristide darted off like a dragon-fly in the sunshine, as happy as a child with a new toy.
THE JOYOUS ADVENTURES OF ARISTIDE PUJOLWILLIAM J. LOCKE
But the novel disappeared under the clothes with amazing celerity as the voice of her sister-in-law demanded admission.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
Her sister-in-law pointed out to her that old Mr. Warrender had been very attentive lately.
THE PIT TOWN CORONET, VOLUME I (OF 3)CHARLES JAMES WILLS
Mr. Slocum was not educated in a university, and his life has been in by-paths, and out-of-the-way places.
THE BOOK OF ANECDOTES AND BUDGET OF FUN;VARIOUS
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WORDS RELATED TO FLY IN THE OINTMENT

  • Catch-22
  • conundrum
  • deception
  • decoy
  • drawback
  • fly in the ointment
  • hitch
  • joke
  • puzzle
  • puzzler
  • snag
  • stumbling block
  • trap
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