stumbling block

stum·bling block | \ ˈstəm-bliŋ- \

Definition of stumbling block 

1 : an obstacle to progress

2 : an impediment to belief or understanding : perplexity

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Examples of stumbling block in a Sentence

Lack of funds is a major stumbling block to the project. My plans hit a stumbling block.

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The main stumbling block to detecting Verrocchio’s influence, Kanter says, was simply the structure of the workshop. Susan Dunne,, "Yale Art Gallery Unravels Leonardo Da Vinci Mysteries," 3 July 2018 What the Hell, Bernie Sanders? Ralph Freso Progressives are winning on Sanders' model, but the senator can be his own biggest stumbling block. Luke Darby, GQ, "What the Hell, Bernie Sanders?," 28 June 2018 But her strong party backing, financial position and name recognition have offset those potential stumbling blocks. Gregg Re, Fox News, "California's key primaries: Trump-backed John Cox outpaces Villaraigosa for governor, Feinstein takes top spot in Senate contest," 6 June 2018 Both McGahn and Kavanaugh also sought to portray the judge's lengthy record – including more than 300 opinions, roughly a dozen of which were affirmed by the Supreme Court – as a benefit rather than a potential stumbling block. Author: Ashley Parker, Robert Costa, Anchorage Daily News, "‘All a little misdirection’: Inside Trump’s sometimes-wavering decision to nominate Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 The good news is the team faces one of the easiest schedules in the conference, with an in-state showdown with rival UCF the biggest stumbling block ahead. Matt Murschel,, "USF moves on without Quinton Flowers, Bulls are No. 72 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 16 June 2018 Barcelona have made Santos forward Rodrygo one of their top transfer targets this summer, but disagreements stemming from Neymar's 2013 switch to the Catalan club are proving a stumbling block., "Santos President Reveals Starlet Will Not Join Barcelona Until Neymar Transfer Dispute is Resolved," 6 June 2018 All of your incidents, all of your experiences can be used as a stumbling block or a stepping stone. Abigail Abrams, Time, "'I’m Getting Darn Good at Uphill Battles.' Lupe Valdez Could Be Texas’ First Openly Gay, Latina Governor," 25 May 2018 That doesn’t necessarily have to be a stumbling block. Phil Rosenthal,, "With WSCR-AM pulling co-host Brian Hanley off mornings, now you know The Score," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of stumbling block

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Sep 2018

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The first known use of stumbling block was in 1588

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English Language Learners Definition of stumbling block

: something that stops you from doing what you want to do

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