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.

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But the cap-and-trade legislation remains a sticking point. Gillian Flaccus, The Denver Post, "Oregon governor orders police after Republican senators who fled Capitol," 20 June 2019 But the cap-and-trade legislation remains a sticking point. Washington Post, "Governor sends police after GOP senators who fled Capitol," 20 June 2019 UConn has explored a move to the Big East in recent years but found several sticking points, including high exit fees. Mike Anthony,, "UConn on the verge of joining the Big East, football future in the AAC unclear," 22 June 2019 On the court, poor shot selection and an occasional inattention to defensive detail have been sticking points., "Who could the Spurs take in the NBA Draft?," 15 June 2019 Battery life, in fact, was probably one of sticking points of the original 14nm Raven Ridge Ryzen 7 Pro U chips. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Lenovo puts AMD Ryzen chips in ThinkPads, giving Intel's rival a boost," 8 May 2019 Those are also among the sticking points that prompted the New Jersey Senate to postpone Monday’s planned vote, which would fulfill a campaign promise from Gov. Phil Murphy. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "Mapping pot legalization politics: Not just red vs. blue," 26 Mar. 2019 There are sticking points, however, including the purchase of the Russian S-400 ground-to-air missile system, which could trigger U.S. sanctions on India. Tim Sullivan, Fox News, "Pompeo, Mattis talk bolstering Indian ties despite tensions," 6 Sep. 2018 So tell us what the sticking point is at this point. Fox News, "Rep. Ed Royce on US relations with Russia, Turkey and Iran; Rep. Devin Nunes on Bruce Ohr and the push to declassify DOJ documents," 12 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of sticking point

1732, in the meaning defined above

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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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something desired as essential

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