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1The action of obstructing or the state of being obstructed.‘walkers could proceed with the minimum of obstruction’‘they faced obstruction in carrying out their research’
- ‘Foreign aid does not challenge Wilsonian principles; it involves cooperation, or at least a lack of obstruction, from foreign governments.’
- ‘Remember, snoring means obstructed breathing, and obstruction can be serious.’
- ‘What is unhealthy is the growing habit of obstruction, delay and occasional flat refusal to co-operate.’
- ‘This official obstruction would seem to be a clear indication that the president is worried about embarrassing details emerging that could threaten his re-election.’
- ‘By elevating these panels, we were able to ensure a true south orientation, free of obstruction, while at the same time providing some shade for the rooftop patio.’
- ‘I suspect his obstruction of Johnson's appointment due to the abortive toxics study is related more to political posturing than to anyone's health or safety.’
- ‘For the administration and its conservative allies, the United Nations represents embarrassment and obstruction.’
- ‘Rather than substantive debate, political leaders are still adhering to a failed strategy of spite, obstruction, and conspiracy theories.’
- ‘The ultimate obstruction to carrying out our parliamentary duties is something that prevents us from exercising free speech.’
- ‘But what's interesting to me is that we're talking about obstruction, and that is the issue that some people have just never learned a lesson about.’
- ‘He is tired of delays and apparently endless obstruction from planners, he said this week.’
- ‘If the restaurant continues to defy the order, the mayor may be held responsible, and any action causing further delay or obstruction could be punishable by both fines and imprisonment.’
- ‘That's why it's so troubling today to see Clark join in the same self-fulfilling wave of determined pessimism and obstruction he battled four years ago.’
- ‘The integrity of Congress has been called into question by his obstruction and tampering and interference with an investigation.’
- ‘Alimentary canal obstruction canal obstruction should not be always assumed to be caused by faecal matter a this can be a tumour.’
- ‘War reporters, working under threats to their safety and obstruction from military controllers, find their newsdesks demanding copy when they have few new facts to report.’
- ‘The local population might have that knowledge because we don't know of any obstruction being removed.’
- ‘Footpath obstruction is one of the most common complaints received by council.’
- ‘Document all instances of denied access, lack of cooperation, or other obstruction to carrying out your mission.’
- 1.1 A thing that impedes or prevents passage or progress; an obstacle or blockage.‘the tractor hit an obstruction’
obstacle, barrier, stumbling block, hurdle, bar, block, impediment, hindrance, snag, difficulty, catch, drawback, hitch, handicap, deterrent, curb, check, stop, baulk, restrictionView synonyms
- ‘It is asking the tidy towns members to ensure that street furniture does not cause any obstructions for people with disabilities.’
- ‘The tank's 115-mm main armament couldn't get low enough to blast the obstructions.’
- ‘Councillor Pickup condemned the mobile takeaway on safety grounds, saying larger vehicles caused obstructions.’
- ‘The key attraction of high-clearance 4x4 cars in the city is their ability to deal with these obstructions.’
- ‘Check that the attic space is clear of obstructions above where you wish to locate the skylight.’
- ‘A survey was being carried out round the village, and some obstructions had been found in the sewer from the top of Armscote Road.’
- ‘They cleared about 2,400 obstructions, most of them mined, and removed the charges from scores of Beetle tanks.’
- ‘The floor of the corridor was not level: beams and other obstructions poked through the walls at interesting heights.’
- ‘There are no obstructions along the coast (just an oil rig near Rioconcha).’
- ‘Apart from a few rocks obscured in shadow and a waist high metal guard rail, the area was clear of any obstructions.’
- ‘A canoeist who can read a river and avoid underwater obstructions is a priceless companion on any river trip.’
- ‘Avoid blocks which will be overshadowed in winter by obstructions north of the house site.’
- ‘Check for depth and obstructions before diving, then go in feet first for the initial try.’
- ‘Because there had been no trains on the line for two days because of Christmas he was checking for fallen trees or other obstructions.’
- ‘The first flood was caused by a combination of obstructions in the gutter and the absence of any overflow to deal with excess water not taken away by obstructed drains.’
- ‘Nosehill Park is a large, open space and has absolutely no obstructions.’
- ‘The complete route is along public rights of way, plus three deviations required by obstructions.’
- ‘The stairwell was exhausting, yet he encountered no fall away steps and no large obstructions as he made his way down.’
- ‘Emergency exits must be made of fireproof materials and must be clear of any obstructions, and must be illuminated at all times.’
- ‘The nylon line that anglers use frequently breaks when hooks become snagged on underwater obstructions or bankside vegetation.’
- 1.2 (in various sports) the action of unlawfully obstructing a player in the opposing team.
- ‘It's true that less obstruction helps all players and speeds up the game.’
- ‘The Oilers are a free-wheeling, offense-oriented team that will benefit greatly from the crackdown on obstruction.’
- ‘To combat the obstruction and generate scoring chances, teams must attack with speed and fight it out.’
- ‘After four minutes Barnhall were awarded a penalty when a Naas player was penalised for obstruction.’
- ‘Melvin, too, was informed that the only player guilty of obstruction was Lopez.’
- 1.3Medicine Blockage of a bodily passageway, as the intestines.
tightening, narrowing, shrinking, squeezingView synonyms
- ‘Intestinal strictures and bowel obstruction may develop in patients with refractory sprue or celiac disease that has been untreated over a long period.’
- ‘Lacrimal duct obstruction may result from swelling of the lining of the narrow tear passage, obstruction by mucus, pus or cellular debris.’
- ‘One hypothesis about the cause of sudden infant death syndrome is upper airway obstruction during sleep.’
- ‘A thorough examination of the head and neck should be performed to look for obstruction, inflammation and infection.’
- ‘An infectious cause should be suspected in children with signs and symptoms of airway obstruction accompanied by a prodromal illness or fever.’
- 1.4Law The action of deliberately hindering a legal process.
- ‘The adults, who had been staying in the motel room, were charged with cruelty to children, public indecency and obstruction of police and were taken to a psychiatric ward.’
- ‘The refusal of a citizen to identify himself under such circumstances causes a major inconvenience and obstruction to the police in carrying out their proper duties.’
- ‘Each of the original 22 defendants were charged with break and enter, being unlawfully in a dwelling house, three counts of mischief, and obstruction of police.’
- ‘Arrests on mischief, obstruction of police and possession of prohibited or restricted weapons charges were made, said Sergeant Jim Black of Toronto Police.’
- ‘After being charged with the thefts and obstruction, police released him on bail to appear before magistrates the following week but he failed to turn up.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin obstructio(n-), from the verb obstruere (see obstruct).
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