Origin of ointment
Examples from the Web for ointment
John McCormack has been the dogged fly in the ointment here.On Abortion, Wendy Davis Doesn’t Know What She’s Talking About|Kirsten Powers|August 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This means not being the fly in the ointment of peace talks.
Hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes—the inevitable fly in the ointment of any big new liberal idea.
The flaw in Gaga's ointment too was is in part that she was upstaged by Kanye.
Wash the eyes carefully with warm water, dry off with a soft silk handkerchief, and apply a little of the ointment.Our Cats and All About Them|Harrison Weir
So we treated each other with the ointment, which at first made us smart fearfully, and then, very gingerly sat down to breakfast.Queen Sheba's Ring|H. Rider Haggard
Then he went indoors for ointment and plaster, the flame of the powder having scorched him severely.The Blue Pavilions|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Pour a little of this ointment upon the bosom of that man above his heart.The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions|Howard Pyle
While she hurried to prepare the ointment and to warm the water in a washing-basin, Toon did not cease his groaning and weeping.Flemish Legends|Charles de Coster
Word Origin for ointment
late 13c., from Old French oignement "ointment, salve, unguent," from Vulgar Latin *unguimentum, from Latin unguentum (see unguent). The first -t- emerged in Old French from oint, past participle of verb oindre "to anoint."
see fly in the ointment.