hit a snag

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hit a snag

To encounter an issue, drawback, or challenge. Our plans for a relaxing night at home hit a snag when a pipe burst in the basement.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

hit a snag

Fig. to run into an unexpected problem. We've hit a snag with the building project. I stopped working on the roof when I hit a snag.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hit a snag

Encounter a problem or obstacle. For example, We've hit a snag with this building project. The noun snag has been used in the sense of "a sharp or rough projection," such as would impede passage, since the 1500s.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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In reference to your article entitled "HIPAA hits a snag" in the September 2010 MLO, I would like to have you expound on the statement, "I just hope I do not learn one day--via one or the other method--that I am actually a dog." You probably offended a lot of dog lovers out there ...
To clarify for readers offended by the last sentence of "HIPAA hits a snag" column, my comment was not about dogs.
When such cellular reproduction hits a snag, a member of Entamoeba invadens produces a chemical signal that brings other amoebas rushing in.