put in the way of

put something in the way of someone or something

to place a barrier in the way of someone or something. You know I don't want to put anything in the way of your happiness. I would never put anything in the way of you and Donna.
See also: of, put, way

put in the way of

Also, put in one's way.
1. Obstruct or impede, as in The police put a traffic barrier in the way of northbound motorists, or I don't want to put anything in the way of your advancement. [c. 1500]
2. See in one's way, def. 2.
See also: of, put, way