stumbling block

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Those pesky financial stumbling blocks have been a constant thorn in the club's side during the Roman Abramovich era.
Though none of us would be likely to literally place a stumbling block before a blind person, in our professional and even personal lives many of us may be responsible for creating stumbling blocks that can trip up morally or emotionally blind victims or simply people lacking sufficient information.
The stumbling block for the McBride-Ruiz bout is that his promoter Don King wants options on the Irishman's next six fights should he beat Ruiz.
We might follow the same rule when it comes to state-sponsored gambling, giving up our own freedom to enjoy and profit from this lucrative entertainment lest it become a stumbling block and a millstone to millions of our weak neighbors.
It is viewed as a stumbling block to the unity we claim we seek with the universal church.
A stumbling block has been controlling the moisture barrier of blister packs.
It adds an extra stumbling block to a market racetrack already burdened with issues of interoperability, management tools (or the lack thereof), security, and cost.
A problem is a stumbling block, something thrown in the way.
Program focus on gender equity is often lost during implementation; lack of gender sensitivity among administrators and technical people is a stumbling block.
Using Sensar's iris camera at the customer's PC will eliminate the need to send PIN numbers over the Internet, the three firms say, removing the key stumbling block that has prevented the use of ATM cards on the Internet until now.
Cross-endorsement was the main stumbling block in merger talks among Wisconsin's alternative parties.