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sticking point

a point, detail, or circumstance causing or likely to cause a stalemate or impasse:
The bill would have gone through the Senate quickly but for one sticking point.
sticking place (def 1).
Origin of sticking point
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Emanuel laughed as he recounted the final sticking point in the negotiations.
  • There was only one sticking point, a sticking point that almost tipped me over: he wanted the book in six months.
  • The central sticking point is disaster relief funding.
  • The sticking point technically for this operation was the telescope's mirror.
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  • But that became the major sticking point in the talks.
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  • The major sticking point remains how to split the responsibility for emission cuts between developed and developing economies.
  • The sticking point is that scientists have no uniform way of handling incidental findings.
British Dictionary definitions for sticking point

sticking point

a problem or point on which agreement cannot be reached, preventing progress from being made
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