Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
a stumbling block
1) a problem or difficulty that stops you from achieving sth
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the main stumbling block
'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 millenial generation." You will hear this in social and professional contexts. Similar phrases include 'to hit a hurdle' and 'hit an obstacle'.
Professional Examples (Basic)
The main stumbling block in the recruitment drive was a lack of qualified candidates.
The candidate'ssalary demands were the main stumbling blockin the negotiations.
Social Examples (Basic)
The only stumbling blockto me buying a car is the price of insurance.
Expensive college fees are astumbling blockfor many people trying to access higher education.
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