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 That their workers weren’t covered by the UAW contract was a big sticking point. Melvin Backman, Quartz, 15 Feb. 2024 The Venezuelan government responded in turn by refusing further flights bringing migrants back from the United States — weaponizing the southern border issue that has been a major sticking point for the Biden administration. Ana Vanessa Herrero, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 Residual payments were a major sticking point during the recent actors and writers strikes. Kevin Dolak, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Feb. 2024 But lack of buy-in from leadership has been a sticking point. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 The absence of any discussion around ad placement, for the creatives who spoke for this story, appears to be the norm — and a real sticking point for several. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Jan. 2024 Inflation is a sticking point for many Americans, the survey group found. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 30 Jan. 2024 This is a sticking point not just for Larry but for his friend Freddy (Vince Vaughn), who is dating Heidi but cannot let this transgression slide. Whitney Friedlander, Los Angeles Times, 18 Jan. 2024 In the most recent dispute with the truckers, the protesters’ main sticking point is the European Union’s decision to end the permit requirements for Ukrainian truckers after Russia’s full-scale invasion last year, in a move designed to help keep the Ukrainian economy afloat during the war. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sticking point was in 1732

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“Sticking point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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