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stumbling block

Fig. something that prevents or obstructs progress. We'd like to buy that house, but the high price is a stumbling block. Jim's age is a stumbling block to getting another job. He's over sixty.
See also: block, stumble

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.
See also: block, stumble
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Taggart uses the stumbling block as material on which to inscribe the poem.
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Agriculture has been the main stumbling block in preparations for the WTO meeting in Mexico next month.
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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.
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The stumbling block to Liverpool's progress today is the same stumbling block it was last week - the overinflated selling price they demand to satisfy their greed.
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This is a stumbling block on a lot of family-law issues from getting fair treatment.
However the club's pounds 100m debt was a stumbling block.