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obstruct



obstruct/əbˈstrʌkt/ verb [TRANSITIVE]
[date : 1600-1700; Language : Latin; Origin : past participle of obstruere 'to build in the way']
1. to block a road, passage etc SYN block:
  ▪ A small aircraft was obstructing the runway.
  ▪ The column obstructed our view of the stage.

2. to prevent someone from doing something or something from happening, by making it difficult SYN block:
  ▪ The group is trying to obstruct the peace process.
  ▪ He was fined for obstructing the work of the police.

verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
NOUN
investigation
He was convicted of obstructing Congress' investigation of the affair and destroying documents.
Mirretti had pleaded guilty to fraud, bribery, theft and conspiracy to obstruct a criminal investigation.
police
It is an offence to obstruct the police in their efforts to search for evidence of a drug offence.
Wilkins also pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty, and Parratt to obstructing the police.
Failure to comply with that instruction might give rise to a charge of obstructing the police in addition to that of obstructing the highway.
Parratt was fined £75 for obstructing the police.
His actions in doing so in fact obstructed the police.
Unbelievably, they were later fined for, respectively, wilful damage and assault, and obstructing the police.
They charged Dad with obstructing the police, and claimed that all our injuries had been sustained in the struggle.
view
The carport and Land-Rover obstructed Trent's view of the windows.
His windows were rolled down, so there was nothing to obstruct my direct view of this scene.
He put his head as near the bars as he could so that they did not obstruct his view.
Unfortunately, a row of lockers lined the wall Separating the gym from the locker room, obstructing the view.
Baldwin then sprays the shaving cream on the window and smears it to obstruct any view of his home.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
A small aircraft now obstructed the runway.
A wall of people in front of me were obstructing my view.
It is an offence to obstruct the police during the course of their duty.
Officials are hoping that none of these issues will obstruct progress in the peace talks.
Robbins was accused of obstructing the investigation.
The driveway was obstructed by piles of stones and gravel.
The House of Lords has been accused of obstructing change and preventing scientific progress.
The truck was on its side, obstructing two lanes of traffic.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
Baldwin then sprays the shaving cream on the window and smears it to obstruct any view of his home.
He drank coffee and brandy, then dived in for another assault, feeling as if the databanks were deliberately obstructing him.
In fact I cause a car accident by obstructing some one's driveway.
Out in the street he stood for a while, obstructing the pavement.
The carport and Land-Rover obstructed Trent's view of the windows.
This keeps sawdust out of the way without obstructing the line of cut.
Views of the bay are obstructed.
Violence, insults, and superheated propaganda obstruct this end.

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