Definition of sticking point in English:

sticking point


  • An obstacle to progress toward an agreement or goal.

    ‘job security has emerged as a key sticking point in negotiations’
    • ‘Despite sticking points, the talks did seemed to be progressing.’
    • ‘Start the advanced routine only when you hit a sticking point in your general progress.’
    • ‘The key sticking points are still agriculture and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.’
    • ‘This time the environment is shaping up as a key sticking point, due to concerns that some nations may use it as a protectionist measure.’
    • ‘Labour's favoured party is the Greens, but that free trade agreement with China is a sticking point.’
    • ‘Two key sticking points remain: Voting rights and the size and composition of the European Commission.’
    • ‘The new draft constitution was reportedly finished just before the deadline, but all parties must now resolve their sticking points within the next three days.’
    • ‘The more I think about it, the more it strikes me that the summit amounts to an opportunity to straighten out some key sticking points.’
    • ‘However, a few key sticking points remain, including a condition that the developer maintain public facilities until the final stage of the development.’
    • ‘Progress toward a truce was slowed by many minor sticking points.’
    • ‘The prisoners have become a major sticking point to progress on the US-backed road map peace plan.’
    • ‘Inside, diplomats said a failure to resolve sticking points before the six-day talks end today would jeopardise the chances of a deal next year freeing up global business in farm and industrial goods and services.’
    • ‘Every country has parties opposed to greater European integration, or nationalist sticking points which stand in the way of ratification - and one of them is almost certain to win some time.’
    • ‘They're still incredibly big and when it goes to public consultation they are going to be the sticking points.’
    • ‘But two key sticking points remained: the power to proscribe associations and the reversed onus of proof.’
    • ‘Today in court after the attorneys on both sides hammered out some of the last-minute issue sticking points late last night into this morning and into this afternoon, they finally were able to reach a settlement.’
    • ‘This rule will actually be a sticking point in the negotiation of the next collective agreement leading to a lockout.’
    • ‘The major sticking points remain the same: budget authority for the newly create post of national intelligence director and immigration reform.’
    • ‘It affords a temporary sticking point in the forward progress of evolution…’
    • ‘While the sticking points remain the immigration concerns, as well as chain of command concerns, we're told that discussions are continuing to center now on the chain of command issues.’


sticking point

/ˈstikiNG ˌpoint/