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obstruction

noun uk   /əbˈstrʌk.ʃən/ us  
[C or U] something that blocks a road, passage, entrance, etc. so that nothing can go along it, or the act of blocking something in this way: There's some sort of obstruction on the railway tracks. [U] behaviour or actions that prevent something from happening or working correctly: They were charged with obstruction of the police/of justice (= preventing the police/law courts from doing their jobs). [U] in sport, an occasion when one player gets in the way of another and so prevents them from moving freely: The referee said it was obstruction.
Translations of “obstruction”
in Korean 장애물…
in Arabic عَرْقَلة…
in Portuguese obstrução…
in Catalan obstrucció, embús…
in Japanese 障害(物)…
in Italian ostruzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 廢棄的, 過時的, 淘汰的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 废弃的, 过时的, 淘汰的…
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