stumbling block

stum·​bling block | \ ˈstəm-bliŋ- How to pronounce stumbling block (audio) \

Definition of stumbling block

1 : an obstacle to progress
2 : an impediment to belief or understanding : perplexity

Examples of stumbling block in a Sentence

Lack of funds is a major stumbling block to the project. My plans hit a stumbling block.
Recent Examples on the Web There’s another stumbling block in efforts to streamline the battery-making process. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 King wrote in his letter from jail that white moderates were a bigger stumbling block to him than the KKK. al, 30 Dec. 2021 The out-of-stock stumbling block can be blamed on the ongoing supply chain disruptions, which began when the pandemic hit. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 19 Nov. 2021 For viewers unaware of the outside Witcher world, the series’s introduction of faces and places with little preamble, and the recurring use of certain terms and phrases without much explanation, is a disconcerting stumbling block. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 17 Dec. 2021 However, limited internet access remains a major stumbling block in Africa's digital transformation, as do inconsistent policies across the continent in areas such as payment systems and data roaming. Rachel Wood, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema's opposition to raising corporate taxes and taxes on the wealthiest Americans, as the Biden administration had proposed, is a stumbling block in the 50-50 Senate. CBS News, 22 Oct. 2021 The dispute represents another potential stumbling block for President Biden’s top domestic-policy priority, which relies on corporate tax increases to fund greater spending on education, child care, healthcare and other domestic programs. Brody Mullins, WSJ, 19 Dec. 2021 This standoff over what level of inspections is appropriate remains the major stumbling block to Boeing resuming 787 deliveries. Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of stumbling block

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stumbling block was in 1588

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21 Jan 2022

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“Stumbling block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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