Government sources say the European position is an obstacle to the new peace negotiations.
The obstacle though is that any reduction in interest rates would need to be paid for.
But my progressive colleague was reflecting the trendiest of thoughts which are an obstacle in discussing Zionism.
Yet the polls remain an obstacle in dealing with the Beltway scorekeepers.
Like most members of his party, he sees broad federal programs as an obstacle to helping the poor.
Don Pablo looked at her in surprise, but made no attempt to remove the obstacle.
Till then, success will attend me; for when I meet you, I meet the only obstacle to my fortune.
They had had no idea of meeting with such an obstacle as this.
He met with no obstacle in the way, and found the boat just as he had left it.
For their entrances from that side are difficult to find, and from this side one cannot go astray, nor is there any obstacle.
mid-14c., from Old French obstacle, ostacle "opposition, obstruction, hindrance" (13c.) or directly from Latin obstaculum "a hindrance, obstacle," with instrumental suffix *-tlom + obstare "stand before, stand opposite to, block, hinder, thwart," from ob "against" (see ob-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
The lover thinks more often of reaching his mistress than the husband of guarding his wife; the prisoner thinks more often of escaping than the gaoler of shutting his door; and so, whatever the obstacles may be, the lover and the prisoner ought to succeed. [Stendhal, "Charterhouse of Parma"]Obstacle course is attested from 1891.