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Definition of hurdle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hurdle

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈhɜːdl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɜːrdl//
     
    Athletics, Equine sports
     
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  1. 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) See related entries: Athletics, Equine sports
  2. 2 hurdles [plural] a race in which runners or horses have to jump over hurdles the 300 m hurdles See related entries: Athletics, Equine sports
  3. 3a 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.
  4. Word Origin Old English hyrdel ‘temporary fence’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch horde and German Hürde.Extra examples She cleared the first few hurdles easily. The first big hurdle in putting your car on the road is getting insurance. The plan fell at the first hurdle. This is perhaps the most difficult hurdle that we face. We’ll jump each hurdle as we come to it. You have already overcome the first major hurdle by passing the entrance exam. She cleared the first hurdle in the lead. The next hurdle will be getting her parents’ agreement. We worked hard for three months on the deal only to see it fall at the final hurdle We’ll cross that hurdle when we come to it. Well, we’ve cleared the first hurdle ; let’s see what happens next.
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