sticking point


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.

Origin of sticking point

First recorded in 1820–30 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sticking point

warning, conditions, demand

Examples from the Web for sticking point

Historical Examples of sticking point

  • I do believe one sight of thee would nerve me to the sticking-point.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • 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!

  • And why not screw his courage to the sticking-point, and commune in confidence with his parents?

    Henrietta Temple

    Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for sticking point

sticking point


a problem or point on which agreement cannot be reached, preventing progress from being made
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