- an obstacle or hindrance to progress, belief, or understanding.
Origin of stumbling block
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Examples from the Web for stumbling block
Do not put any stumbling-block in your path which will make you suffer later on.The Dream
Perhaps so; but "the stumbling-block, his speech, who laid it?"A Dish Of Orts
Beauty” is, to some persons, as great a stumbling-block as “contrivance.Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection
Alfred Russel Wallace
To the modern progressive mind the wide sands are a stumbling-block.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The divorce had been from the beginning, and remained to the end, a stumbling-block to the people.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
- any impediment or obstacle
Idioms and Phrases with 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.