- a point, detail, or circumstance causing or likely to cause a stalemate or impasse: The bill would have gone through the Senate quickly but for one sticking point.
- sticking place(def 1).
Origin of sticking point
First recorded in 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for sticking point
I do believe one sight of thee would nerve me to the sticking-point.Alroy
They have screwed up their courage to the sticking-point; and it has stuck.Utopia of Usurers and other Essays
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
But Stephens had hardened his heart to the sticking-point, and he refused to wait.Lone Pine
R. B. (Richard Baxter) Townshend
If she could only screw up her courage to the sticking-point!A Fourth Form Friendship
And why not screw his courage to the sticking-point, and commune in confidence with his parents?Henrietta Temple
- a problem or point on which agreement cannot be reached, preventing progress from being made
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