Part of speech: noun

A movable framework used for making fences, or to be leaped over in racing.

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Usage examples "hurdle":

  1. Answer me not- one word more and I will have thee on a hurdle. - "Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor", R. D. Blackmore.
  2. When he left her to resume command of his ship, his mind was in a more or less chaotic state trying to grasp an entirely new order of things, for this time he was leaving behind him a young lady of fifteen who, so it seemed to the perplexed man, had jumped over at least five years as easily as an athlete springs across a hurdle, leaving the little girl upon the other side forever. - "Peggy Stewart at School", Gabrielle E. Jackson.
  3. In the centre was a tall hurdle intended for jumping. - "The Red Cross Girls with Pershing to Victory", Margaret Vandercook.