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Definition of Obstruct


  1. To block up; to stop up or close, as a way or passage; to place an obstacle in, or fill with obstacles or impediments that prevent or hinder passing; as, to obstruct a street; to obstruct the channels of the body.
  2. To be, or come, in the way of; to hinder from passing; to stop; to impede; to retard; as, the bar in the harbor obstructs the passage of ships; clouds obstruct the light of the sun; unwise rules obstruct legislation.

Obstruct Quotations

If you have to lie, cheat, steal, obstruct and bully to get your point across, it must not be a point capable of surviving on its own merits.
Steven Weber

Mind and body obstruct one another's pleasures.
Mason Cooley

The IRA has abandoned its armed struggle in pursuit of its goals by political means. This must be fully acknowledged. Continued challenge does nothing but obstruct and inhibit the peace process.
James T. Walsh

While 2013 will not see a major national election, we can be sure that most Republicans will obstruct and some Democrats will appease.
Eliot Spitzer

Exhortations to obstruct the operations of Government in detail, should; Exhortations to resist all.
James Mill
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Obstruct Translations

obstruct in Dutch is afdammen, belemmeren, afsluiten
obstruct in French is engorgez, obstruez, engorgeons, engorger, inhiber
obstruct in German is hemmen, blockieren, versperren, versperren
obstruct in Italian is sbarrare
obstruct in Latin is impedio, retardo, impedo
obstruct in Portuguese is obstrua
obstruct in Spanish is obstruir, empatar, bloquear
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