Meaning of “hurdle” in the English Dictionary

"hurdle" in British English

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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)