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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web One potential stumbling block for the Pfizer vaccine is its requirement of ultracold storage. NBC News, "Pfizer has applied for emergency use for its Covid-19 vaccine," 20 Nov. 2020 The only potential stumbling block: The award has long been seen as a vote of confidence in a promising, up-and-coming artist. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Here Are the 8 Likeliest Grammy Nominees in Each of the Big Four Categories," 17 Nov. 2020 One potential stumbling block to early treatment with remdesivir is that it's administered intravenously. NBC News, "Massive WHO remdesivir study suggests no Covid-19 benefit. Doctors aren't so sure.," 16 Oct. 2020 The size of the stimulus deal continues to be a stumbling block for GOP members opposing a stimulus of $1.8 trillion or more. David Westin,, "McConnell Says Senate Would Hold Stimulus Vote If Deal Reached," 20 Oct. 2020 The thought of air travel is the first stumbling block. Alison Humes And Matthew King, WSJ, "Should You Travel Abroad During Covid— and Where Can You Go?," 16 Oct. 2020 One stumbling block to a deal is Great Dyke’s valuation of the project, the people familiar said. Felix Njini,, "Impala Approached Over Stake in Giant Zimbabwe Platinum Project," 7 Oct. 2020 His lack of a proposal was a stumbling block in Tuesday’s debate and plays into a broader, long-standing Republican vulnerability on health care. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Trump’s Abdication on Health Care," 2 Oct. 2020 With significant numbers of students still learning at home, connectivity remains a major stumbling block. Liz Hardaway,, "Starting on the West Side, a push to expand internet access to San Antonio students could reach 20,000 in 12 months," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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28 Nov 2020

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“Stumbling block.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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