stand in (someone's or something's) way

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stand in (someone's or something's) way

1. To obstruct or act as an impasse to someone or something. I'm dying to get up close to the band, but this crowd of people is standing in my way. They built massive banks to stand in the river's way should it ever flood like that again.
2. To hamper, impede, or prevent someone's or something's action or progress. After years of working up the ladder to the top of the company, the only thing standing in his way now is a complaint lodged against him by a former co-worker. Several senators are standing in the bill's way, ensuring that it will not pass and be signed into law by the president.
See also: stand, way