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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.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • The point is, kid, you’re impeding the war effort.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • all that impedes thee from...
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth

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  • I felt nothing; yet dreaded to move a step, lest I should be impeded by the walls of a tomb.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • They attached the line ... being careful that it should neither strangle him nor impede his swimming,
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Once tonight we have been impeded by the ignorance of the anarchists.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • She was smiling big and coming toward me at a fast clip, her progress impeded somewhat by the poster, CD, and camera she was carrying.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • instead of running after the chief clerk himself, or at least not impeding Gregor as he ran after him, Gregor’s father...
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • ...the folding doors slide back nearly to the walls on either hand, so that the view of the whole extent is scarcely impeded.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death

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  • He was half tempted to go pick it for Trina, but he knew she’d scold him within an inch of his life if he dared impede the progress of the forest.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Who but a fringe character would try to impede the unimpeachable improvement of the world?
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The result was, of course, that an equal number of drunken men were soon impeding the flight of the fugitives.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • There was an uproar at this, and he made his way toward the archway, much impeded by congratulatory handshakes and thumps on the back as he passed.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Today we honor tradition, and no Red devil will impede that.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Mere cattle stop the trains, and go by in a procession, just as if they were not impeding travel!
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • But when they reached the edge of the wood, their progress was impeded.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • I place my hand on the hand of the speaker so lightly as not to impede its movements.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Hatred, by a gradual and quiet process, will even be transformed to love, unless the change be impeded by a continually new irritation of the original feeling of hostility.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • He didn’t want to impede circulation through the carotid artery.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Everybody in the road, except my three pursuers, was pouring along after the Salvation Army, and this blow not only impeded me but them.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • She was impeded by her own Shield Charm; by the time she had removed it he had already stormed into the night.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I found the water was sufficiently shallow for me to wade securely, although the red weed impeded my feet a little; but the flood evidently got deeper towards the river, and I turned back to Mortlake.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • "Then, at the back," said Wemmick, "out of sight, so as not to impede the idea of fortifications,—for it’s a principle with me, if you have an idea, carry it out and keep it up,—I don’t know whether that’s your opinion—"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Wrapped up in a shawl, I still carried the unknown little child: I might not lay it down anywhere, however tired were my arms — however much its weight impeded my progress, I must retain it.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • It was permissible to allow the destruction of a tribal system that impeded the growth of the country.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • The Mohican maintained his firm and haughty attitude; and his eyes, so far from deigning to meet her inquisitive look, dwelt steadily on the distance, as though it penetrated the obstacles which impeded the view and looked into futurity.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • As to there being any quantity of snow fallen or likely to fall to impede their return, that was a mere joke; he was afraid they would find no difficulty.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • She groped for it, realizing she was being impeded by a muzziness of the changed drug permeating her senses.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The flashlight beam, however, was impeded by a heavy wooden door.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The bundle rolled forward unchecked, as if the hounds did not impede it at all.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I soon found we must, as before, turn down to the sea beach, for not only did the rank grass impede our progress, but it also tempted the animals to break away from us, and, but for our watchful dogs, we might have lost several of them.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Constant cohabitation impeding mutual toleration of personal defects.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Napoleon, too, carried away his own personal tresor, but on seeing the baggage trains that impeded the army, he was (Thiers says) horror-struck.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • While the bolt of his iron collar was being riveted behind his head with heavy blows from the hammer, he wept, his tears stifled him, they impeded his speech; he only managed to say from time to time, "I was a tree-pruner at Faverolles."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In hindsight, Andy was acting irrationally and had plainly slipped well beyond routine hypoxia, but I was so mentally impeded myself that it simply didn’t register.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The footsteps were coming nearer: I raised myself on my elbow the better to listen, trying to still the thudding in my eardrums which impeded my hearing.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • In response came syllables not so much impeded in the utterance as might have been anticipated.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • O honour and mirror of the Spanish nation! may God Almighty in his infinite power grant that any person or persons, who would impede or hinder thy third sally, may find no way out of the labyrinth of their schemes, nor ever accomplish what they most desire!
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • She trotted clumsily: an animal impeded by that which distinguished her from animals: her heels, her clothes, her smallness.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • These devices occasionally interfere with the limpid flow of his diction, but the difficulties of interpretation to which they give rise serve rather to mark the prevailing clearness and simplicity of his expression than seriously to impede its easy and unperplexed current.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Hitherto I had merely thought myself impeded by the childish simplicity of the little people, and by some unknown forces which I had only to understand to overcome; but there was an altogether new element in the sickening quality of the Morlocks—a something inhuman and malign.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • And it may have been a ringing in my ear, from this organ filling with impeded blood, but it seemed to me that Conseil’s shout had received an answer back.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Cecil glanced at them as he proceeded to his toilet and they impeded Mary with her brood of hot-water cans.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • They burned plantations and commissaries, tore up tracks to impede the passage of the trains that began to open their path with machinegun fire, and they cut telegraph and telephone wires.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • And they were doing so, he reasoned, in order to impede the army.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • K. looked at her as if to ask whose way they were impeding.
    Franz Kafka  --  The Trial
  • The Brahman, polite and enigmatic, did not impede his eloquence, and even applauded it.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • That gap was altogether fortunate for me, for the narrow chimney, slanting obliquely upward, must have impeded the nearer pursuers.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • And it does not become us, who assist in making the laws, to impede or interfere with those who carry them into execution.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
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