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hurdle

noun uk   /ˈhɜː.dl̩/  us   /ˈhɝː-/

hurdle noun (FENCE)

[C] a frame or fence for jumping over in a race: He fell at the last hurdle. She cleared (= jumped over) all the hurdles easily and raced to the finishing line.hurdles [plural] a race in which people or horses jump over hurdles: the 400-metre hurdles
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hurdle noun (PROBLEM)

a problem that you have to deal with before you can make progress: Getting a work permit was the first hurdle to overcome. The cost of this exercise is proving to be a major hurdle.

hurdle

verb [I or T] uk   /ˈhɜː.dl̩/  us   /ˈhɝː-/
to run in a race in which there are hurdles to be jumped over, or to jump over something while running: He hurdled the gate and scrambled up the hill.
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