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Make it difficult for (someone) to do something or for (something) to happen:‘language barriers hindered communication between scientists’
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- ‘We had planned to be in a new building by this stage, but bureaucracy has hindered us.’
- ‘The car park in Kew Foot Road is often full, hindering patients who have no other choice but to drive there as they are not fully mobile.’
- ‘Howard was a hard man on Home Office issues but it hindered him at the polls.’
- ‘The most recent campaigns have moved the anti-walker argument on again, to claim that baby-walkers hinder normal child development.’
- ‘In retrospect, he can see that far from hindering him the college authorities gave him every assistance.’
- ‘He's hindered by the revival of a gift he had in childhood.’
- ‘Or should it simply get out of the way and stop hindering fathers who want to do right by their children?’
- ‘Once again my complete inability to draw a straight line is hindering me.’
- ‘‘Financial concerns are the number one thing hindering me from having another baby,’ said Claire, a commercial property agent.’
- ‘Three factors complicate the abortion question and hinder us from reaching a national consensus.’
- ‘Blind faith in an over-subscribed, vainglorious myth will only hinder you.’
- ‘On the road, Colin meets various 2D comedy locals who help and hinder him in his travels.’
- ‘At least the latter should not hinder him anymore.’
- ‘He won't do anything that will hinder him as a player, and he will do nothing that reduces his standing as a man.’
- ‘To a country boy only seven years old it is terrifying, but Jack is determined his handicap is not going to hinder him.’
- ‘Will this not hinder other children and slow down progress as a whole?’
- ‘At times there are other things that hinder you in granting that wish.’
- ‘I am more able to work things out now but sometimes the flashbacks hinder me.’
- ‘The only thing that was hindering me was my ankle.’
- ‘Here again, Robinson is hindered rather than helped by one of his own.’
Old English hindrian ‘injure or damage’, of Germanic origin; related to German hindern, also to behind.
[attributive] (especially of a bodily part) rear; hind:‘the hinder end of its body’
- ‘When pursued he makes directly for his hole, and even if his hinder parts should be caught hold of, is extricated with great difficulty.’
- ‘As William told it, ‘He forgot to fit a tail on his hinder parts.’’
- ‘Sir George strode purposefully towards a grand statue of a heroic millipede raised on its hinder legs clutching a large cross in several of its limbs.’
- ‘When the fish is too large to be swallowed entire, the hinder portion will be bitten off and the anterior part allowed to float or sink.’
- ‘Memory is seated in the hinder cell of the brain, it is the great register to the little world; and its office is to record things either done and past, or to be done.’
- ‘He stated that the fore part of the brain contained three ventricles, and the hinder part, one.’
Middle English: perhaps from Old English hinderweard ‘backward’, related to behind.
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