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(figurative) something that hinders or handicaps
something that hinders as if with bonds
(canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage)
something that slows or delays progress
something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines
any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective
hang-up, hitch, rub, snag
an unforeseen obstacle
an obstacle that you are expected to overcome
a thwarting and distressing situation