Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

a stumbling block

stumbling block
1) a problem or difficulty that stops you from achieving sth
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    • the main stumbling block
  • Analysis
    A 'stumbling block' is an obstacle or problem that keeps you from reaching your goal. You could have 'a stumbling block in negotiations' or in a deal. You might 'hit a stumbling block' in a project or a life goal: "High rents are a stumbling block to savings for the millennial generation." You will hear this in social and professional contexts. Similar phrases include 'to hit a hurdle' and 'hit an obstacle'.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The main stumbling block in the recruitment drive was a lack of qualified candidates.
    2. The candidate's salary demands were the main stumbling block in the negotiations.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The only stumbling block to me buying a car is the price of insurance.
    2. Expensive college fees are a stumbling block for many people trying to access higher education.
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