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sticking point

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sticking point a point at which an impasse arises in progress toward an agreement or a goal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sticking point Same as Sticking place, above.
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Idioms

Sticking point - A sticking point is a controversial issue that blocks progress in negotiations, etc, where compromise is unlikely or impossible.
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Usage

In literature:

They were all armed with strong sticks sharply pointed.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Now, we will come to the sticking point.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
And the moment he spied him he stopped and pointed the long stick at the plump young chuck.
"The Tale of Billy Woodchuck" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The very minute I get home, I am going to get a pointed black hat and a red cloak, and a crutch-stick.
"The Merryweathers" by Laura E. Richards
Arriving at the point, Dick seized a dead stick from the ground and, throwing accurately, hit the animal in the ribs.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
He then took out the detached mould, flung it away, and used the point of the "crowing stick" as before.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Let us stick to the point.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
And this had happened merely because those four terrible white men had pointed at them with their long, straight, shining sticks!
"With Airship and Submarine" by Harry Collingwood
By using his walking stick he discovered that they formed a trail to a point in the wall.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
He pointed to the words with his stick which shook in his hand; his face was ashen white.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
To point the hour hand exactly at the sun, stick a pin as at (a) Fig.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
He must have had some good points for Pillot to stick to him so closely.
"My Sword's My Fortune" by Herbert Hayens
Then she folded it, and, reaching for a pointed stick, dug a hole in the soft dirt.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
They began at once, digging a hole in the soft earth with pointed sticks.
"Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific" by Felix Speiser
There's a regular thicket of them with the points sticking out toward us.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
Neale raised his stick again and began to point.
"The Chestermarke Instinct" by J. S. Fletcher
Well, I shall stick to my point.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
At first wandering savages carried a pointed stick to dig up the roots and tubers used for food.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
But when you men have a point to carry, you never stick at anything.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
One last word: if you see that the point of your stick is broken, don't go on playing; stop at once.
"Broad-Sword and Single-Stick" by R. G. Allanson-Winn
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In poetry:

Sticks in me gizzard. Some blokes sees no wrong
In workin' points, an' thinks it bonzer sport
To trifle with a wife's belief, so long
As they ain't cort.
But, when yeh play the game on dead straight lines,
It 'urts to be accused uv base designs.
"Termarter Sorce" by C J Dennis

In news:

Public Insurance Concept May Prove Sticking Point in Health Care Reform.
The Nasdaq's Sticking Point .
Tunisia's Tangled Web Is Sticking Point for Reform.
Call Center Stress a Sticking Point in Verizon's Labor Negotiations.
Call Center Stress Sticking Point in Verizon's Labor Negotiations.
Twins wanted him back, but 2014 option was the sticking point .
Cavaliers coach Byron Scott considers change at point guard, but sticking with Jeremy Pargo for now.
Project funding emerges as key sticking point.
Raising Taxes A Key Sticking Point In Fiscal Cliff Talks.
NHL talks to resume Wednesday under secrecy, contracting issues remain sticking point to CBA.
Union President Karen Lewis agreed, saying there were no "main sticking points right now".
The sticking point, legal experts say, will be when it comes to paying the "just compensation" required under the US and California constitutions.
Think back to your weekday routine: Is there a sticking point.
That is my main sticking point he did not even come close to cutting it in half time to give somebody else a shot and honestly I don't think the mitt team is cutting enough either we are burdening our grandchildren with this over spending.
Local representative Greg Snowden says the sticking point involves two main issues.
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In science:

Conceptually, the stick-breaking construction provides an “algorithmic construction” of the ICRT, whereas the process H θ plays a rˆole similar to that of Brownian excursion in our methodology described in point (ii) in the introduction.
Weak convergence of random p-mappings and the exploration process of inhomogeneous continuum random trees
If a stick intersects an electrode the potential of the electrode is applied to the intersection point.
From percolating to dense random stick networks: Conductivity model investigation
FIG. 5. (Color online) (a) Conductivity as a function of (n − nc )/nc is obtained from the MC simulations (points) for the stick system of size L/l = 20 and the junction-to-stick conductance ratio from Gj /Gs = 0.001 to 1000 (from bottom to top).
From percolating to dense random stick networks: Conductivity model investigation
Since the distribution on cluster sizes depends on the cluster label in the stick-breaking construction, P (Z ) will change if the number of data points assigned to a cluster changes.
Gibbs Sampling for (Coupled) Infinite Mixture Models in the Stick Breaking Representation
The demand for realism and structurefunction relationships was a particular sticking point for us.
The role of context and culture in teaching physics: The implication of disciplinary differences
In the present work, sticking to a physicist’s point of view, we shall address this issue by investigating this system in the absence of external factors.
A Prototype Model of Stock Exchange
The important point I wish to stress once more is that these treatments of power corrections are not purely phenomenological, but rather try to stick to rigorous theory as much as possible.
The LEP Trail to Non-Perturbative QCD
The Kauzman temperature TK is that below which the saddle point sticks to the minimum: f ∗ = fmin (T ).
Statistical Physics of the Glass Phase
If the temperature is small enough the saddle point sticks to the minimum f = fmin and the system is in its glass phase.
Statistical Physics of the Glass Phase
Because of the convexity of Σ as function of f, the saddle point is at f > fmin (T ) when m is small enough, and it sticks at f ∗ = fmin (T ) when m becomes larger than a certain value m = m∗ (T ), a value which is smaller than one when T < TK (see fig. 3).
Statistical Physics of the Glass Phase
Then how is the excited system sticked to the critical point through the interaction with the rest system? To answer this question, we consider how the internal state changes before and after one of the excited pendula relaxes.
Self-Organized Bottleneck in Energy Relaxation
It is actually wrong in the sense that it cannot easily be made into a proof; one sticking point is that the trace and operator norms are not equivalent when M is infinite-dimensional.
What do quantum "weak" measurements actually measure?
Instead of adopting the more ‘traditional’ point of view of requiring that the new couplings must not run to large values before the Grand Unification (GUT) scale, we stick to a bottom-up approach and just require that they do not become strong before a scale Λ which can be as low as 102 ÷ 103 TeV.
A Motivated Non-Standard Supersymmetric Spectrum
Given our ignorance of the high energy behaviour of the theory and the lack of conclusive hints, we stick to a bottom-up point of view, as in .
A Motivated Non-Standard Supersymmetric Spectrum
The map of CMB polarization can be represented with sticks of different size and orientation in different points of the map.
TASI Lectures on Cosmological Perturbations
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