Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

sticking point

sticking point
1) a point in a discussion at which it is not possible to compromise or reach an agreement
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    • a sticking point in a discussion/negotiation
  • Analysis
     A 'sticking point' in a discussion, dispute or negotiation is an issue or moment where both parties cannot agree or come to a compromise. This is a polite way of highlighting a tense situation or moment. It is an aspect of a problem where it is difficult to find a solution and may signal an end to talks or progress. This can be used in social contexts but you might be more likely to hear it in professional situations.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. We have a great relationship, but deciding which country to live in has always been a sticking point for us.
    2. My mother and I have never got along. My father leaving was a sticking point in our relationship and we never dealt with it properly.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We anticipate that costs will be a significant sticking point in the negotiations, but we will have to think of some creative solutions.
    2. The leaders have reached a sticking point in their talks and will reconvene tomorrow.
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