Meaning of HURDLE in English

HURDLE

/ ˈhɜːdl; NAmE ˈhɜːrdl/ noun , verb

■ noun

1.

each 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 [ pl. ] a race in which runners or horses have to jump over hurdles :

the 300 m hurdles

—picture at hurdling

3.

a problem or difficulty that must be solved or dealt with before you can achieve sth

SYN obstacle :

The next hurdle will be getting her parents' agreement.

■ verb

1.

hurdle (over) sth to jump over sth while you are running :

[ vn ]

He hurdled two barriers to avoid reporters.

[ v ]

to hurdle over a fence

2.

[ v ] to run in a hurdles race

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English hyrdel temporary fence , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch horde and German Hürde .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.