sticking point

noun

Definition of sticking point 

: an item (as in negotiations) resulting or likely to result in an impasse

Examples of sticking point in a Sentence

The length of the contract has become a sticking point in the negotiations.

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Sunderland previously reported sticking points to booking major events during a council work session in March, such as whether the city or Tufton would provide insurance coverage, alcohol service and scheduling. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Citing progress, Ripken Stadium events manager seeks approval to book 2019 events," 11 July 2018 Trotz’s desire for a long-term contract and compensation among the top four or five coaches in the league proved sticking points, leading to his resignation Monday. BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-Ohio State doctor accused of sexual misconduct was Harvard fellow," 22 June 2018 Videos of the parking garage attack on Harris — and of its preceding moments — have been scrutinized frame by frame by Harris’s defenders and white nationalists, each side arguing over one sticking point: Was Harris a victim or an instigator? Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "White supremacist is guilty in Charlottesville parking garage beating of black man," 1 May 2018 Other sticking points over the omnibus spending measure include funding for immigration enforcement and school safety. Lauren Fox, CNN, "Grumbling, frustration on Capitol Hill as members anxiously await spending bill," 20 Mar. 2018 That figure remains a sticking point for the deal as Arsenal are not willing to part with such a sizeable fee for a player who made 30 appearances in the Bundesliga’s second-worst defence last season. SI.com, "Arsenal Reportedly Reach Verbal Agreement to Sign €40m Rated Defender Caglar Soyuncu," 27 June 2018 Videos of the parking garage attack on Harris — and of its preceding moments — have been scrutinized frame by frame by Harris' defenders and white nationalists, each side arguing over one sticking point: Was Harris a victim or an instigator? Washington Post, latimes.com, "White supremacist is guilty in Charlottesville parking garage beating of black man," 2 May 2018 But sticking points have emerged over how many guest workers should be allowed into the U.S. and whether caps limiting their numbers could be raised in the future, lawmakers said. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Republicans Hesitant to Cross Trump on Trade," 9 July 2018 In recent days, Post Union Vice Chairman Fredrick Kunkle told me, waivers for non-disclosure agreements—the paper is insisting that departing employees sign them—have become a sticking point. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Other Side of Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post," 27 June 2018

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1732, in the meaning defined above

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sticking point

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sticking point

: something that people disagree about and that prevents progress from being made in discussions

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