One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘police erected barriers to control the crowd’
fence, railing, barricade, hurdle, bar, blockade, roadblock
2‘a barrier to international trade’
obstacle, obstruction, hurdle, stumbling block, bar, block, impediment, hindrance
snag, catch, drawback, hitch, handicap, deterrent, complication, difficulty, problem, disadvantage, baulk, curb, check, stop
informal fly in the ointment, hiccup, facer
British informal spanner in the works
North American informal monkey wrench in the works
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