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  • obstruct the path
  • obstruct the legislation
  • The trees obstruct my view of the mountains
  • He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by...
    Thomas Jefferson et al.  --  The Declaration of Independence

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  • Desi moves around so he is staring at me full-face, completely obstructing my vision.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Bronwyn used her strength to pull open the door, and it came straight off, hinges flying— but the hallway it let onto was completely obstructed by ice.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Inside we found the TV rooms packed, because a jury had found Martha Stewart guilty on four counts of obstructing justice and lying to investigators about a well-timed stock sale.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • In Kern County, sheriffs arrested picketers for obstructing traffic, even though the roads were deserted.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Unlike me, Mom has glossy red hair that bounces around and might obstruct America’s view of her small freckled face.
    Rebecca Stead  --  When You Reach Me
  • His body obstructs the alley.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • The sexual memory in which I was drenched during that season in Brooklyn, whenever I forlornly unloosed the floodgates, was of uneasy darkness, sweat, reproving murmurs, bands and sinews of obdurate elastic, lacerating little hooks and snaps, whispered prohibitions, straining erections, stuck zippers and a warm miasmal odor of the secretions from inflamed and obstructed glands.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • "I have no intention of obstructing you," said Mr. Beeman in the tense silence that followed.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Huge brown boxes were suspended in midair, partially obstructing the view.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • The road was so obstructed with carts that it was impossible to get by in a carriage.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Their upper lips burned and cracked, ballooning so dramatically that they obstructed their nostrils, while their lower lips bulged against their chins.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • When he stood between me and the flame he did not obstruct it, for I could see its ghostly flicker all the same.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • For the rest of the evening whenever some figure obstructed Toohey’s view of the hall, his head would jerk impatiently to find Roark again.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I was like a wild beast that had broken the toils, destroying the objects that obstructed me and ranging through the wood with a stag-like swiftness.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Never before had I seen houses burning without the accompaniment of an obstructive crowd.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Squeezing his rotundity past the obstructing passengers he entered the compartment, Poirot close behind him.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Oh, man, how dost thou forget and obstruct thy brother man, and say, "Give us this day our daily bread," when he has none!
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • Snow began to fall an hour after they started, a fine snow, however, which happily could not obstruct the train; nothing could be seen from the windows but a vast, white sheet, against which the smoke of the locomotive had a greyish aspect.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Nothing in this garden obstructed the sacred effort of things towards life; venerable growth reigned there among them.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • We must not let vulgar difficulties obstruct our feeling that it’s a noble plan motivated solely by the public welfare.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • If his notice was sought, an expression of courtesy and interest gleamed out upon his features, proving that there was light within him, and that it was only the outward medium of the intellectual lamp that obstructed the rays in their passage.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • My sun-bonnet obstructed the view.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • Before long Eragon’s hands and face were slick with dew from a tangled wall of chokecherry bushes that obstructed his way.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • I wasn’t sure if Irwin had done what he planned to do, or if my virginity had obstructed him in some way.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • You can be obstructive and destructive, and you can slow it all up and distort it for your own ends, but somehow it keeps on happening.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • On the contrary, you’ll have to answer, gentlemen, for violently obstructing the course of justice.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • "It is those like thee who obstruct all effort to win this war," Gomez said to the staff officer.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • And if you and your fluorescent uniform don’t get out of my way, I’ll yank your operating licence and have you thrown into the cells for obstructing an LEP officer.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • They travelled to seek money and business, and for weddings, and on pilgrimages, and the river was obstructing their path, and the ferryman’s job was to get them quickly across that obstacle.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • It was not easy to get to Cayenne; they knew vaguely in which direction to go, but rivers, precipices, robbers, savages, obstructed them all the way.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • "Perhaps you’d be more comfortable in prison for obstructing a CIA investigation?"
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • They sat at a table, her eyes in a profundity of suspicion, her hand moving across her line of sight as if it were obstructed.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • After crossing through a moderately dense thicket, we again found some plains obstructed by bushes.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • I’m on two minds not to give that fellow in charge for obstructing the thoroughfare with his brooms and ladders.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • This was naturally imputed by the court to the same vocal embarrassment which had retarded or obstructed previous answers.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • But when he reached the part where the golden beam of light had connected his and Voldemort’s wands, he found his throat obstructed.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • From hence no cloud, or, to obstruct his sight, Star interposed, however small he sees, Not unconformed to other shining globes, Earth, and the garden of God, with cedars crowned Above all hills.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • But as in carrying them into effect they become revealed and known, they are at once obstructed by those men whom he has around him, and he, being pliant, is diverted from them.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • So she became, and her process of becoming was like most of ours: she developed a hatred for things that mystified or obstructed her; acquired virtues that were easy to maintain; assigned herself a role in the scheme of things; and harked back to simpler times for gratification.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • WE left the cabin and found a man at the companion obstructing our way.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Some few minutes had elapsed, and the stranger began to show manifest signs of impatience, when a slight noise was heard outside the aperture in the roof, and almost immediately a dark shadow seemed to obstruct the flood of light that had entered it, and the figure of a man was clearly seen gazing with eager scrutiny on the immense space beneath him; then, as his eye caught sight of him in the mantle, he grasped a floating mass of thickly matted boughs, and glided down by their help to…
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Tell these women to stop obstructing me in the performance of my duty.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • Only once, with the village very close, could I find no obvious way to gain access to the next field down, and I had to shine my bicycle lamp to and fro along the hedgerow obstructing me.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • "After taking Fort Duquesne," says he, "I am to proceed to Niagara; and, having taken that, to Frontenac, if the season will allow time; and I suppose it will, for Duquesne can hardly detain me above three or four days; and then I see nothing that can obstruct my march to Niagara."
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • The intercepting city, ancient Melchester, they were obliged to pass through in order to take advantage of the town bridge for crossing a large river that obstructed them.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • …many of them adventurously pushing their quest along solitary latitudes, so as seldom or never for a whole twelvemonth or more on a stretch, to encounter a single news-telling sail of any sort; the inordinate length of each separate voyage; the irregularity of the times of sailing from home; all these, with other circumstances, direct and indirect, long obstructed the spread through the whole world-wide whaling-fleet of the special individualizing tidings concerning Moby Dick.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
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