American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A point, issue, or situation that causes or is likely to cause an impasse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as sticking-place.
- n. idiomatic 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.
- n. idiomatic, dated The point at which a process or thing, especially a state of mind or emotion, reaches its greatest strength and remains steadfast; sticking-place.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Same as Sticking place, above.
- n. a point at which an impasse arises in progress toward an agreement or a goal
“Sisko smiled in relief as his back spasm ended, as suddenly as it had begun, and as he at the same time relived a sudden memory of the one sticking point Jake—like most five-year-olds—had had when it came to learning stardates.”
“As I gather my papers Otti suddenly raises the one issue that has been a sticking point in all discussions with the LRA and over which I have no say.”
“The only sticking point was Le Couteulx; concerned about mounting political pressure on the Farmers, the banker held out for a 5 percent commission on his services.”
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