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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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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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