stumbling block


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stum·bling block

(stŭm′blĭng)
n.
An obstacle or impediment.

stumbling block

n
any impediment or obstacle

stum′bling block`


n.
an obstacle or hindrance to progress, belief, or understanding.
[1580–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stumbling block - any obstacle or impediment
obstacle - an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)

stumbling block

noun obstacle, difficulty, problem, bar, barrier, hurdle, hazard, snag, uphill (S. African), obstruction, impediment, hindrance Perhaps the major stumbling block is the military presence.
Translations

stumbling block

[ˈstʌmblɪŋblɒk] N (fig) → tropiezo m, escollo m

stumbling block

n (fig)Hürde f, → Hindernis nt, → Problem nt; to be a stumbling block to somethingeiner Sache (dat)im Weg stehen

stumbling block

[ˈstʌmblɪŋˌblɒk] nostacolo, scoglio
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.
Women are the chief stumbling block in a man's career.
Von Horn was really the only stumbling block in Bududreen's path.
That Mr Chester, between whom and Mr Haredale, it was notorious to all the neighbourhood, a deep and bitter animosity existed, should come down there for the sole purpose, as it seemed, of seeing him, and should choose the Maypole for their place of meeting, and should send to him express, were stumbling blocks John could not overcome.
One reputable source said the Barcelona gaffer's wages were a potential stumbling block given the lower rate of tax in Spanish football.
The second stumbling block I hear about time and time again is powder.
I caused a bit of a dust-up last month, when I mentioned in this space that the entry fee for the Shooting Industry Masters "may be a stumbling block for some retailers.
The stumbling block is always money, about payments and the way they are made, agents - everybody comes into it.
The only possible stumbling block to the plan was finding a lender willing to accept the proposed units as collateral.
And of course there's the second small stumbling block once the tunnel is complete.
Hydrogen production remains a major stumbling block on the road to the hydrogen economy, a much-touted successor to the current oil-based economy.