A thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hinders progress: the major obstacle to achieving that goal is money
More example sentences
- He said the religious site was just one of several obstacles blocking a peace deal.
- He added that it was the current transport ministers who were obstacles to further progress.
- Resistance is the process of avoiding change and is a major obstacle to progress.
barrier, hurdle, stumbling block, bar, block, impediment, hindrance, snag, catch, drawback, hitch, handicap, deterrent, complication, difficulty, problem, disadvantage, baulk, curb, check, stop, interference; obstruction, barricade, blockade
British informal spanner in the works
North American informal monkey wrench in the works
Middle English: via Old French from Latin obstaculum, from obstare 'impede', from ob- 'against' + stare 'stand'.