stumbling block


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stumbling block

A challenge or hindrance that prevents something from being accomplished. 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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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.
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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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a stumbling block

COMMON If you describe something as a stumbling block, you mean it is a problem which stops you from achieving something. It's her attitude that's the biggest stumbling block. Cost is a major stumbling block in the hunt for a vaccine. Note: This expression comes from the Bible: `...that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.' (Romans 14:13)
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Other rabbinic sources extend the concept of stumbling block to include the provision of access to situations liable to cause violations of Torah law.
The parable is something thrown to the side, a by-word, the stumbling block alongside you.
The stumbling block is always money, about payments and the way they are made, agents - everybody comes into it.
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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.
The woman was awesomely talented, but the gay thing, that old gateway to her, is now a stumbling block.
FORMER Arms Park boss Gareth Davies says winning over Cardiff Athletic Club members will be the major stumbling block to a merger between the Blues and the Celtic Warriors.
Telecommunication expenses have never been a stumbling block for them, he says.
The recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease may pose an additional stumbling block for the auction.
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.
3 that China's unwillingness to show Swiss insurers the same generosity it is offering their European Union competitors was a stumbling block to concluding a bilateral trade agreement necessary to bring China's 14-year quest for WTO membership to a successful conclusion.
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9) Among several recent works that return to the overt theme of urban shock, The Stumbling Block, 1991, imagines its administration to have become a responsibility of municipal government.