Definition of stumbling block in English:

stumbling block

noun

  • A circumstance that causes difficulty or hesitation.

    ‘the country's water shortage was a stumbling block to investors’
    • ‘It is also true; the road leading to return of pandits to Kashmir is now laden with a lot of stumbling blocks and obstacles.’
    • ‘Cash constraints, stadium set-backs and league politics are among the most recent stumbling blocks.’
    • ‘The chaotic transport conditions coupled with archaic port facilities are major stumbling blocks.’
    • ‘He knows there will be stumbling blocks, plenty of pitfalls awaiting.’
    • ‘Of course there are pains, pitfalls and stumbling blocks, but we have hope.’
    • ‘A major stumbling block for many investors is dealing with the investments heading south.’
    • ‘One of the major findings was that the high cost of accommodation was proving significant stumbling blocks in the development of the tourism industry in Kerry.’
    • ‘In realising and recognising that these markers are not as enormous as we once believed, we turn them from stumbling blocks to stepping stones, on our way to the wider future.’
    • ‘The solution therefore lies not in creating another religion based on hatred, but in removing the stumbling blocks to religious amity.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, one of the main stumbling blocks here is the humour, always a difficult element to shoehorn into music.’
    • ‘He said most of the stumbling blocks facing development in Sligo are planning problems, not anti-development sentiment.’
    • ‘In Scotland we need this sense of continuity to preserve a sense of our own identity in the face of all the stumbling blocks that have been put in our way over the last three centuries.’
    • ‘Be careful not to create any unnecessary stumbling blocks.’
    • ‘The principal stumbling blocks to implementation were engineering problems, he said.’
    • ‘Within a framework of spirituality, differences cease to be stumbling blocks and become a source of stimulation and enrichment.’
    • ‘The next stumbling blocks are two major federal review processes which could take over a year to complete, but have yet to get formally underway.’
    • ‘There were real stumbling blocks before preventing talks and then hindering them when they were attempted.’
    • ‘Despite the stumbling blocks, government sources on both sides believe genuine efforts have been made by all parties to secure a solution.’
    • ‘One of the stumbling blocks is that the Indian government has not signed any international conventions dealing with children abducted by a parent.’
    • ‘But hotel consultant Stephen Hughes said, after some stumbling blocks, they have created a much better hotel than they imagined.’
    obstacle, hurdle, barrier, bar, hindrance, impediment, handicap, disadvantage, restriction, limitation
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Pronunciation

stumbling block

/ˈstʌmblɪŋ blɒk/