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  1. (context, idiom) A disputed issue or state of affairs that causes an interruption or outright impasse in progress towards some goal or resolution, especially in negotiation or argumentation.
    • 1934, "http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,754365,00.htm 41,000 Years' Work," Time, 30 July,
    • :The question of representing inside workers was a .
    • 2002, H. Robert Hall, "Casey and the Negotiation of the Antarctic Treaty" in Jabour-Green, J. & Haward, M. (eds) The Antarctic: Past, Present and Future: Antarctic CRC Research Report
    • 28, Hobart, pp.27-33.
    • :A major had arisen over draft article IV of the proposed treaty dealing with the disputed Antarctic claims and rights.
    • (context, idiom, dated) The point at which a process or thing, especially a state of mind or emotion, reaches its greatest strength and remains steadfast; sticking-place.
    • 1842, w:James_Fennimore_Cooper, James Fennimore Cooper, The Wing and Wing, ch. 4,
    • :It warmed his feelings to the .
    • 1913, w:Lucy_Maud_Montgomery, Lucy Maud Montgomery, The Golden Road, ch. 3,
    • :I could not screw my courage to the .

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