- 1each of a series of vertical frames that a person or horse jumps over in a race His horse fell at the final hurdle. to clear a hurdle (= jump over it successfully)
- 2 hurdles [plural] a race in which runners or horses have to jump over hurdles the 300-meter hurdles
- 3 a problem or difficulty that must be solved or dealt with before you can achieve something synonym obstacle The next hurdle will be getting her parents' agreement. Well, we've cleared the first hurdle; let's see what happens next. We worked hard for three months on the deal only to see it fall at the final hurdle.