One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the move was intended to thwart peace negotiations’
foil, frustrate, baulk, stand in the way of, forestall
scotch, derail, smash, dash
stop, check, block, prevent, defeat, impede, obstruct, snooker, oppose, hinder, hamper
upset the apple cart, spike someone's guns
informal put paid to, put the stopper on, put the kibosh on, do for, stymie, cook someone's goose
British informal scupper, put the mockers on, nobble, queer someone's pitch
Irish NZ Australian vulgar slang root
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