sticking point


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.
Recent Examples on the Web Trump's use of social media has become a sticking point for critics in recent weeks. Dominick Mastrangelo, Washington Examiner, "'Suppress the vote or incite violence': Biden urges Facebook to censor Trump's page," 1 July 2020 One sticking point in many of the recent protests, including this past week in Madison, has been calls to take down statues of individuals who owned slaves or were involved with the Confederacy. Oren Oppenheim, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sen. Ron Johnson calls for public school systems to completely open this fall," 26 June 2020 Language in the police reform bill on arbitration before state lawmakers this week has become a sticking point between the bill’s sponsors and police union leaders. oregonlive, "Key Oregon police reform bill may contain snag," 24 June 2020 Meng’s case has become a sticking point between Huawei and HSBC. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "‘Cautionary tale:’ Mike Pompeo says HSBC saga shows what happens when business supports Beijing," 11 June 2020 Researchers tried to get around this sticking point in a new analysis from UC Berkeley. Popular Science, "The US could shift to 90-percent renewable energy by 2035 at no extra cost," 10 June 2020 The major sticking point that has prevented owners and players from coming to an economic agreement relates to the billion dollar losses created by empty stadiums. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Could significant marches across U.S. provide COVID-19 clues that would impact MLB’s return?," 8 June 2020 The sticking point for several council members has been the plight of airport restaurant workers employed by SSP and HMS. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix airport restaurants will get rent relief during travel slowdown. Here's what that means," 8 June 2020 Curfews have become a sticking point between protesters and authorities. Fox News, "NYPD confronts George Floyd crowds as curfew takes effect; Buffalo clash gets 2 cops suspended," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of sticking point

1732, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jul 2020

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“Sticking point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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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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