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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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  • Having screwed her courage to the sticking-point, she attacked boldly.

    Gordon Keith Thomas Nelson Page
  • They have screwed up their courage to the sticking-point; and it has stuck.

    Utopia of Usurers and other Essays Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  • He knew that every project would be pulled up short at this sticking-point.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • And why not screw his courage to the sticking-point, and commune in confidence with his parents?

    Henrietta Temple Benjamin Disraeli
  • It was only the discovery that he was reduced to his final sheet of paper which really screwed his courage to the sticking-point.

    Aunt Rachel David Christie Murray
  • I plucked up my courage to the sticking-point, and stuck my patient.

  • Alexander had held to the sticking-point the quailing energies of spent men for more than six agonized hours.

    A Pagan of the Hills Charles Neville Buck
  • The twin ex-Judge-Advocates, at length, brace each other up to the sticking-point and venture on an appeal to the public.

  • But Stephens had hardened his heart to the sticking-point, and he refused to wait.

    Lone Pine R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
  • Marion said nothing; being, to tell the truth, engaged in screwing her own courage to the sticking-point.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for sticking-point

sticking point

a problem or point on which agreement cannot be reached, preventing progress from being made
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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