stumbling block

stumbling block
any obstacle or impediment (Freq. 1)
Hypernyms: ↑obstacle

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noun, pl ⋯ blocks [count]
: something that stops you from doing what you want to do

Lack of funds is a major stumbling block to the project.

My plans hit a stumbling block.

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ˈstumbling block [stumbling block stumbling blocks] noun \stumbling block (to sth) | \stumbling block (to doing sth)
something that causes problems and prevents you from achieving your aim
Syn: obstacle
Example Bank:

Money could prove a stumbling block to the project.

The negotiations have hit a stumbling block over the price.

The question of disarmament proved a major stumbling block to agreement.

The peace process encountered another stumbling block in mid-June.

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  • stumbling block — stumbling .block n a problem or difficulty that stops you from achieving something stumbling block to ▪ The main stumbling block to starting new research is that we lack qualified people …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • stumbling block — ► NOUN ▪ an obstacle …   English terms dictionary

  • stumbling block — n. an obstacle, hindrance, or difficulty standing in the way of progress or understanding …   English World dictionary

  • stumbling block — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ big, key, main, major, real ▪ potential VERB + STUMBLING BLOCK ▪ be …   Collocations dictionary

  • stumbling block — n. a stumbling block to (a stumbling block to progress) * * * [ stʌmblɪŋblɒk] a stumbling block to (a stumbling block to progress) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • stumbling block — UK [ˈstʌmblɪŋ ˌblɒk] / US [ˈstʌmblɪŋ ˌblɑk] noun [countable] Word forms stumbling block : singular stumbling block plural stumbling blocks a difficulty that causes mistakes or prevents progress a major stumbling block to an agreement …   English dictionary

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