hurdle meaning, hurdle definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( hurdles    plural & 3rd person present)   ( hurdling    present participle)   ( hurdled    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A hurdle is a problem, difficulty, or part of a process that may prevent you from achieving something.  
usu supp N   (=obstacle)  
Two-thirds of candidates fail at this first hurdle and are packed off home...     
2       n-count-coll   Hurdles is a race in which people have to jump over a number of obstacles, that are also called hurdles. You can use hurdles to refer to one or more races.  
Davis won the 400m. hurdles in a new Olympic time of 49.3 sec.     
3       verb   If you hurdle, you jump over something while you are running.  
He crossed the lawn and hurdled the short fence...      V n  
She learnt to hurdle by leaping over bales of hay on her family's farm.      V  
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1    barricade, barrier, block, fence, hedge, wall  
2    barrier, block, complication, difficulty, handicap, hazard, hindrance, impediment, obstacle, obstruction, snag, stumbling block  

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hurdler, hurl, hurtle, huddle

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