stumbling block


noun

an obstacle or hindrance to progress, belief, or understanding.

Origin of stumbling block

First recorded in 1580–90
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British Dictionary definitions for stumbling block

stumbling block

noun

any impediment or obstacle

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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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