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To stop something from continuing or developing

interfere with

to prevent something from happening or developing in the correct way

inhibit

verb

to make it difficult for a process to start or continue in a normal way

disrupt

verb

to interrupt something and prevent it from continuing by creating a problem

hamper

verb

to prevent something from happening or progressing normally

cramp

verb

to prevent something from developing as successfully as it could

scotch

verb

to stop something from continuing before it has a chance to develop more

stifle

verb

to stop something from developing normally

strangle

verb

to stop the development of something, especially an economy

hobble

verb

to prevent something developing or being successful

abort

verb

to stop something before it is finished, for example because it would be difficult or dangerous to continue

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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