One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘wheelchairs obstructed the aisles’
block, block up, clog, clog up, get in the way of, stand in the way of, cut off, shut off, jam, bung up, gum up, choke, barricade, bar, dam up
British informal gunge up
technical occlude, obturate
2‘police took him into custody on a charge of obstructing the traffic’
hold up, bring to a standstill, stop, halt, block
3‘environmentalists accused the government of obstructing the passage of the EC pollution laws’
impede, hinder, interfere with, hamper, block, interrupt, hold up, hold back, stand in the way of, frustrate, thwart, baulk, inhibit, hamstring, sabotage, encumber, slow, slow down, retard, delay, stonewall, forestall, stall, arrest, check, stop, halt, stay, derail, restrict, limit, curb, put a brake on, bridle, fetter, shackle
North American informal bork
facilitate, help, further
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