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sticking point

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sticking point

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  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A disputed issue or state of affairs that causes an interruption or outright impasse in progress towards some goal or resolution, especially in negotiation or argumentation.
    • 1934, "41,000 Years' Work," Time, 30 July,
      The question of representing inside workers was a sticking point.
    • 2002, H. Robert Hall, "Casey and the Negotiation of the Antarctic Treaty" in Jabour-Green, J. & Haward, M. (eds) The Antarctic: Past, Present and Future: Antarctic CRC Research Report #28, Hobart, pp.27-33.
      A major sticking point had arisen over draft article IV of the proposed treaty dealing with the disputed Antarctic claims and rights.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The point at which a process or thing, especially a state of mind or emotion, reaches its greatest strength and remains steadfast; sticking-place.

References

  • "sticking point" in the Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "sticking point" in Encarta® World English Dictionary [North American Edition] © & (P)2007 Microsoft Corporation.
  • "sticking point" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus © Wordsmyth 2002.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989. See "sticking-point."

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