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what does "There was only one tiny fly in the ointment…"mean?

It took Strike a few seconds to respond. He could just afford to pay what she had suggested; it was within five hundred pounds of what he himself had calculated that he could manage. She was, whichever way you looked at it, an asset that it would be impossible to replace at the price. There was only one tiny fly in the ointment…
“I could manage that,” he said. “Yeah. I could pay you that.”

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    A fly in the ointment is a problem. A reason why you can't do something or why something will go wrong.

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