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stumbling block

noun
1.
an obstacle or hindrance to progress, belief, or understanding.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90
Synonyms
hurdle, barrier, impediment, block, bar.
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Examples from the web for stumbling block
  • But the project has encountered an unexpected stumbling block.
  • If you reach a stumbling block, try using the one-minute struggle.
  • Research has found that the need for remedial math in college is a major stumbling block toward graduation.
  • The big stumbling block for them is the calc-based physics.
  • Paradoxically, people might join because they don't want their intelligence to be a stumbling block in social situations.
  • Limiting agricultural protection in developing countries is one, and this has been another stumbling block in negotiations.
  • But perhaps the biggest stumbling block is that the technique can also cause cancer.
  • Funding for the entire project-perhaps its main stumbling block-still remains tentative.
  • Battery power density is a major stumbling block preventing the widespread use of electric vehicles, but it is not the only one.
  • The economic impact is a feature, not a stumbling block.
British Dictionary definitions for stumbling block

stumbling block

noun
1.
any impediment or obstacle
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Idioms and Phrases with stumbling block

stumbling block

A hindrance or obstacle, as in His lack of a degree is a real stumbling block to his advancement. This term originally meant “a tree stump over which one trips.” Its figurative use dates from the early 1500s.
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