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stumbling block

A challenge or hindrance that prevents something from being accomplished. Primarily heard in US, Australia. Stay away from your old friends—their drug use will be a stumbling block in your recovery from alcoholism. We're trying to sell the house, but its undesirable location has proved to be a real stumbling block.
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block

1. n. the head. Try to get this stuff through your block before the test.
2. n. the auction block. The painting went on the block and sold for nearly fifty-three million dollars.
3. n. a stupid person. (Possibly a back formation on blockhead.) You silly block! Get out of the way.
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