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"hurdle" in British English

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hurdlenoun

uk   /ˈhɜː.dəl/ us   /ˈhɝː.dəl/
  • 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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hurdleverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈhɜː.dəl/ us   /ˈhɝː.dəl/
(Definition of hurdle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hurdle" in American English

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hurdlenoun [C]

us   /ˈhɜr·dəl/
a frame for jumping over in a race
A hurdle is also a difficulty to be dealt with: There are a lot of hurdles to overcome before the contract can be signed.

hurdleverb [I/T]

us   /ˈhɜr·dəl/
to jump over a frame or fence: [T] The boys hurdled the fence.
(Definition of hurdle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hurdle" in Business English

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hurdlenoun [C]

uk   /ˈhɜːdl/ us  
a problem that you must solve or deal with before you can make progress: face/overcome a hurdle The first hurdle she faced entering the job market was one of confidence.a hurdle to sth Lack of preparation and lack of financing have been the biggest hurdles to the project's success.
(Definition of hurdle from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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