a stumbling block

a stumbling block

a problem which prevents someone from achieving something (often + to ) Lack of willingness to compromise is the main stumbling block to reaching a settlement. Money, obviously, is a major stumbling block in any project of this size.
See also: block, stumble
References in classic literature ?
That would be very romantic, but one would have to be very good to be a missionary, and that would be a stumbling block.
However the club's pounds 100m debt was a stumbling block.
Still, he warns his readers to "take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak" and reminds them that "when you thus sin against members of your family, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ" (1 Cor.
Zinzendorf (1700-1760) visited America in 1741-1743 and was part of the movement known as the Great Awakening, Zinzendorf downplayed doctrinal and liturgical differences and even asserted in one sermon that baptism itself has become too much of a stumbling block.
A stumbling block in applying biotechnology to crops has been the limited number of types of plants in which whole plants can be regenerated from somatic (not seed) cells.
The revealing of user identity has been a key stumbling block to use of email discussion groups - a stumbling block which EMAZING Grapevine has removed.
Later, during a final "futuring" conversation, several twenty- and thirtysomethings confessed that the negativity of the us-versus-them attitude that has too often pervaded church reform groups was a stumbling block for them.