stumbling block

noun stum·bling block \ ˈstəm-bliŋ- \
|Updated on: 18 Jul 2018

Definition of stumbling block

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

Examples of stumbling block in a Sentence

  1. Lack of funds is a major stumbling block to the project.

  2. My plans hit a stumbling block.

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First Known Use of stumbling block

1588

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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STUMBLING BLOCK Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of stumbling block for English Language Learners

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



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