sticking point

noun
1.
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.
2.
sticking place ( def 1 ).

Origin:
1820–30

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

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Example sentences
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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