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English definition of “put a spoke in sb's wheel”

put a spoke in sb's wheel

to make it difficult for someone to achieve something they had planned to do: His letter really put a spoke in our wheel.Discouraging and putting off
(Definition of put a spoke in sb's wheel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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