To its primitive, diseased brain I was practically invisible, an obstacle to be ignored, and, at best, avoided.
One obstacle: The Ambassador Bridge is privately owned by an American billionaire, Manuel Moroun.
The obstacle though is that any reduction in interest rates would need to be paid for.
Government sources say the European position is an obstacle to the new peace negotiations.
Turns out a tummy may be more than just an obstacle to skinny jeans: Abdominal fat speeds up cellular aging.
Don Pablo looked at her in surprise, but made no attempt to remove the obstacle.
He made a brief gesture, like one wiping an obstacle out of the way.
They had had no idea of meeting with such an obstacle as this.
That was the entering wedge—the mention of an obstacle to overcome.
For their entrances from that side are difficult to find, and from this side one cannot go astray, nor is there any obstacle.
mid-14c., from Old French obstacle, ostacle "opposition, obstruction, hindrance" (13c.) or directly from Latin obstaculum "a hindrance, obstacle," with instrumental suffix *-tlom + obstare "stand before, stand opposite to, block, hinder, thwart," from ob "against" (see ob-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
The lover thinks more often of reaching his mistress than the husband of guarding his wife; the prisoner thinks more often of escaping than the gaoler of shutting his door; and so, whatever the obstacles may be, the lover and the prisoner ought to succeed. [Stendhal, "Charterhouse of Parma"]Obstacle course is attested from 1891.