1. a problem that delays progress






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hit/experience a bottleneck in production

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A 'bottleneck' is a narrow piece of road which slows down traffic or creates a delay. In a business context, a 'bottleneck' is a point in a process or production where things are slowed down of there is congestion usually because production cannot keep up with input.

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  1. The factory is already operating at close to full capacity, so we need to be wary of the potential for a bottleneck in some areas. 
  2. A lack of spare parts was one of the major reasons the company experienced a bottleneck in production.
  3. The new manager set about modernizing equipment and hiring new staff in order to help eliminate bottlenecks in the supply chain.

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