English version

stumbling block

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstumbling blockˈstumbling ˌblock noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 a problem or difficulty that stops you from achieving somethingstumbling block to 🔊 The main stumbling block to starting new research is that we lack qualified people.
Examples from the Corpus
stumbling blockIt is still foolishness and a stumbling block.They needed the scrupulous professional integrity which nearly proved such a stumbling block to them in this case.Only rarely is the lack of sufficient minimum capability a real stumbling block to change.In the autumn of 1987, Conran ran into a potentially more serious stumbling block to his plans.The stumbling block is a case challenging the constitutionality of the new law.
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