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Definition any obstruction that is burdensome
  • Putting more people on the project at this late date would be more a hindrance than a help.
  • I have already explained to you that what is out of the common is usually a guide rather than a hindrance.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  A Study In Scarlet
  • Books are hindrances to persisting stupidity.
    Spanish Proverb
  • It seemed to her that such principles could only be a hindrance in farm management.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Anna Karenina
  • Perhaps he will be young, strong, and enduring, like yourself, and will aid you in your escape, while I have been but a hindrance.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Bigwig realized that Woundwort also knew that in the run his body would be nearly as great a hindrance dead as alive.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • I told him I was very glad, as indeed I was, to have been no hindrance to him, and that I hoped I should be none now.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • It would have been faster, but Denna's mania was growing stronger, and all her extra energy was more of a hindrance than a help.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • We both did what we had to do without any hindrance, and when we met again at one o'clock reported it done.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The long gap in their communications proved no hindrance at all.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Fierce Abas first he slew; Abas, the stay Of Trojan hopes, and hindrance of the day.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • But how long, Oedipa thought, could it go on before collisions became a serious hindrance?
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • His father explained that they wanted something done if possible, it was such a hindrance to the kid in earning his living.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • To a man on foot, stairs are a hindrance.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • She had learned not to argue with Mrs. Whitshank, who was a force of nature when it came to cooking and would only find Abby a hindrance.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • All the things I thought I'd learnt are just a hindrance, they're not knowledge at all.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • I won't be a hindrance to you.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • I dangers dared; I hindrance scorned I omens did defy: Whatever menaced, harassed, warned, I passed impetuous by.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • His temper now, as well as his judgment, was a hindrance to efficiency.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • He had outgrown hindrances faster than the H–G men could think them up.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Harrison Bergeron

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