English version

sticking point

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishsticking pointˈsticking ˌpoint noun [singular]  PROBLEMsomething that a group of people cannot agree on and that stops them from making progress North Korea’s refusal had long been a sticking point.
Examples from the Corpus
sticking pointTrade is a sticking point, particularly when it comes to trucks.Reforming health care is one of the key sticking points in the budget negotiations.Negotiators said Wednesday that the main sticking point was still whether the industry should be exempt from paying punitive damages.While the financing is negotiable, the referendum appears to be a major sticking point.Working out just how to bring us all together is proving to be the sticking point.The escapees were the sticking point.The sticking point for purists was over the balance to be struck between state power and voluntary efforts.The sticking point is, generally, who should get this encouragement?
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