One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the country's debt was a serious impediment to economic improvement’
hindrance, obstruction, obstacle, barrier, bar, handicap, block, check, curb, brake, restraint, restriction, limitation, encumbrance, deterrent
drawback, setback, difficulty, problem, issue, snag, catch, hitch, stumbling block
informal fly in the ointment, hiccup, facer
British informal spanner in the works
North American informal monkey wrench in the works
2‘she spoke with an impediment’
speech defect, speech impediment, stammer, stutter, lisp
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