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- obstacle (n.)
- mid-14c., from Old French obstacle, ostacle "opposition, obstruction, hindrance" (13c.) or directly from Latin obstaculum "a hindrance, obstacle," with instrumental suffix *-tlom + obstare "stand before, stand opposite to, block, hinder, thwart," from ob "against" (see ob-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet).
The lover thinks more often of reaching his mistress than the husband of guarding his wife; the prisoner thinks more often of escaping than the gaoler of shutting his door; and so, whatever the obstacles may be, the lover and the prisoner ought to succeed. [Stendhal, "Charterhouse of Parma"]Obstacle course is attested from 1891.
- 1. A further obstacle has presented itself, however.
- 2. A lack of qualifications can be a major obstacle to finding a job.
- 3. She felt that her family was an obstacle to her work.
- 4. He is in the full flush of success ; nothing was an obstacle .
- 他的成就如日中天, 锐不可当.
- 5. Lack of money has proved an almost insurmountable obstacle.
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