a stumbling block

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.
See also: block, stumble

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)
See also: block, stumble

stumbling block, a

An obstacle; a hindrance to progress or understanding. Originally this expression literally signified an object over which one tripped. It so appears in the Bible: “Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind” (Leviticus 19:13). In the course of time it began to be used figuratively as well, and in the twentieth century it was turned into a maxim: “Let us turn stumbling-blocks into stepping-stones” (John R. Mott, ca. 1925).
See also: stumble
References in classic literature ?
Itentionally he recalled all those doctrines of the church which had always seemed most strange and had always been a stumbling block to him.
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.
you shall not place a stumbling block before the blind; and you shall fear your G-d (Leviticus 19:14).
Though none of us would be likely to literally place a stumbling block before a blind person, in our professional and even personal lives many of us may be responsible for creating stumbling blocks that can trip up morally or emotionally blind victims or simply people lacking sufficient information.
Scripture states, "and before a blind person you shall not place 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.
We might follow the same rule when it comes to state-sponsored gambling, giving up our own freedom to enjoy and profit from this lucrative entertainment lest it become a stumbling block and a millstone to millions of our weak neighbors.