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obstacle

noun [C]     /ˈɒb.stɪ.kl̩/ US  /ˈɑːb-/
C1 something that blocks you so that movement, going forward, or action is prevented or made more difficult: The biggest obstacle in our way was a tree trunk in the road. This decision has removed the last obstacle to the hostages' release.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
(Definition of obstacle noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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