There being now people enough present to impede the work, the sobered man put himself at the head of the rest, or was put there by the general consent, and made a large ring round the Old Hell Shaft, and appointed men to keep it.
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She is impeding the progress of our project
But the hill was treacherously steep; he was impeded by the snow and his own lack of strength.