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Language: Old English
Origin: hyrdel


1 noun
Related topics: Other Sports
1 [countable] a problem or difficulty that you must deal with before you can achieve something [= obstacle]:
Finding enough money for the project was the first hurdle.
overcome/clear/get over etc a hurdle (=deal successfully with a problem)
2 [countable]DSO one of a series of small fences that a person or horse has to jump over during a race
clear a hurdle (=successfully jump over a hurdle)

the 100 metres/400 metres hurdles

DSO a race in which the runners have to jump over hurdles

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