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stumbling block

an obstacle or hindrance to progress, belief, or understanding.
Origin of stumbling block
First recorded in 1580-90
hurdle, barrier, impediment, block, bar. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The stumbling block of the magistrates appeared to be the identifying Levison with Thorn.

    East Lynne Mrs. Henry Wood
  • That speech has been the stumbling block of most actors we have seen.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Stephen Cullen Carpenter
  • In short, he was a stumbling block in their path, and they leagued themselves against him.

  • To Kat, he was nothing, unless it was a stumbling block in the way of her happiness.

    Six Girls Fannie Belle Irving
  • The stumbling block that she could not get over was Francis Levison.

    East Lynne Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Still there was a stumbling block in the way of arresting Small.

  • The fear of nasal twang and failure to distinguish between it and true nasal resonance has been the stumbling block.

  • Do not be cast down; all will go well if the stumbling block be removed.

    Letters of George Borrow George Borrow
  • It does not matter in spiritual things, though it is a stumbling block to some inquirers.

British Dictionary definitions for stumbling block

stumbling block

any impediment or obstacle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with stumbling block

stumbling block

A hindrance or obstacle, as in His lack of a degree is a real stumbling block to his advancement. This term originally meant “a tree stump over which one trips.” Its figurative use dates from the early 1500s.
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