verb (used with object), hur·dled, hur·dling.
verb (used without object), hur·dled, hur·dling.
Origin of hurdle
Examples from the Web for hurdle
Once I got over that hurdle, it was as if a huge weight had lifted and I was not scared anymore.
In the meantime, just as the bill passed its first hurdle, snow flakes started to fall down on the Capitol.Quirky Reindeer Farmer Keeps Government Open for Christmas|Ben Jacobs|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the recruitment process begins, the question of motivation could also prove to be a hurdle.U.S. Hasn’t Even Started Training Rebel Army to Fight ISIS|Tim Mak|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If the two companies can overcome that hurdle, they must then clear three others to secure the exemption they seek.Why Is the Future of Birth Control In the Hands of the Supreme Court?|Stuart Taylor, Jr.|March 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, assuming Kasich survives his 2014 reelection race, he easily clears the hurdle of having gotten stuff done.
A hurdle should be well sloped, so as to render the leap a very moderate one.The Barb and the Bridle|Vielle Moustache
They huddled them together in prisons; just when they were at the point of death they were dragged along on the hurdle.Bouvard and Pcuchet, part 2|Gustave Flaubert
To put the Happy Thought straight at the obstruction, like a steeple-chaser at a hurdle—it was a slim chance, but the only one.
He was standing in front of me now, but my back was still to the little fig-tree, and my hands had the hurdle tight.Some Persons Unknown|E. W. Hornung
After putting on her skates, she sat on a hurdle for some minutes, watching Arthur's evolutions with a thoughtful smile.A Young Man's Year|Anthony Hope
- athletics one of a number of light barriers over which runners leap in certain events
- a low barrier used in certain horse races
Word Origin for hurdle
Old English hyrdel "frame of intertwined twigs used as a temporary barrier," diminutive of hyrd "door," from Proto-Germanic *hurdiz "wickerwork frame, hurdle" (cf. Old Saxon hurth "plaiting, netting," Dutch horde "wickerwork," German Hürde "hurdle, fold, pen;" Old Norse hurð, Gothic haurds "door"), from PIE *krtis (cf. Latin cratis "hurdle, wickerwork," Greek kartalos "a kind of basket," kyrtos "fishing creel"), from root *kert- "to weave, twist together" (cf. Sanskrit krt "to spin"). Sense of "barrier to jump in a race" is by 1822; figurative sense of "obstacle" is 1924.
1590s, "to build like a hurdle," from hurdle (n.). Sense of "to jump over" dates from 1880 (implied in hurdling). Related: Hurdled; hurdling. Hurdles as a type of race (originally horse race) with hurdles as obstacles is attested by 1836 (hurdle-race is from 1822).