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.
Recent Examples on the Web From almost the start, the disaster clause Mottley sought was a sticking point. Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, 27 July 2022 From almost the start, the disaster clause Mottley sought was a sticking point. New York Times, 27 July 2022 The central bank’s authority to fight global warming has been a sticking point with Republicans who opposed Biden’s first nominee for the post, Sarah Bloom Raskin, over her past comments on the matter. Alex Nguyen, BostonGlobe.com, 13 July 2022 The alliance’s creeping eastern border has been a sticking point for the Russian president for years. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 During deliberations, this became a sticking point for the jury, which had trouble reaching an agreement over that particular question. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 22 June 2022 Kounde's price tag is of course a sticking point for Barca who cannot afford to match the English clubs with debts of around $1.5 bn. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 15 June 2022 Seeing eye to eye on a fee has provided a sticking point, with United at one point threatening to call off the deal altogether. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Studios and exhibitors have even found common ground on the length of the theatrical window — long a sticking point in negotiations. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 June 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sticking point.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of sticking point

1732, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About sticking point

Time Traveler for sticking point

Time Traveler

The first known use of sticking point was in 1732

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near sticking point

sticking plaster

sticking point

sticking salve

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for sticking point

Last Updated

1 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Sticking point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sticking%20point. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!