What is another word for fly in the ointment?

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Something which ruins or spoils everything else
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“The only fly in the ointment is the project stuff which is so onerous it would ordinarily have had me eating my desk blotter with frustration.”
Something that ruins or spoils everything else
A difficult or tangled situation
A problem affecting function
A person or thing whose presence or behaviour is likely to put one at a disadvantage
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