prevent (someone or something) from (doing something)

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prevent (someone or something) from (doing something)

To stop a person or thing from being able to do something. Something is preventing the machine from turning off, so the motor is getting overheated. The government is trying to prevent us from exercising our right to free speech.
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References in classic literature ?
We happened then to cross the street, and the traffic prevented us from speaking.
If we could find some way to make him pay us many pieces of gold we should not only be avenged upon him; but repaid for much that he has prevented us from winning from the natives under his protection."
We had no other interest than Wolf Larsen, and his presence weighed us down with an apprehension which prevented us from doing any of the little things we had planned.
The distance prevented us from distinguishing the colours of her pennant, which floated like a thin ribbon.
This is certain, that if the world neglected Miss Sharp, she never was known to have done a good action in behalf of anybody; nor can it be expected that twenty-four young ladies should all be as amiable as the heroine of this work, Miss Sedley (whom we have selected for the very reason that she was the best-natured of all, otherwise what on earth was to have prevented us from putting up Miss Swartz, or Miss Crump, or Miss Hopkins, as heroine in her place!) it could not be expected that every one should be of the humble and gentle temper of Miss Amelia Sedley; should take every opportunity to vanquish Rebecca's hard-heartedness and ill-humour; and, by a thousand kind words and offices, overcome, for once at least, her hostility to her kind.
We could do nothing but "grin and bear it," as Charley said, while it took up all our time and prevented us from doing other work.
"Since 2008, the task force has issued more than 30 recommendations that consider issues relevant to older adults, but we have also identified critical evidence gaps that have prevented us from providing specific guidance to clinicians and patients," said task force cochair Dr.
"The injuries (to David Silva and Alvaro Arbeloa) were an immediate misfortune because it prevented us from managing the changes," he said.
Hamad added "In the beginning they prevented us from filming inside the Nativity Church, we thought this was due to the sanctity of the holy site.
Nixon said, 'The bank's actions impaired our review because they prevented us from measuring the impact of Bank of America's foreclosure practices.'
The clubs stated: "Both Coventry and Peterborough are fully aware of the need to keep supporters as much up to date as possible but legal constraints have prevented us from doing this so far.
However, space prevented us from doing so, which has upset him somewhat.
Health problems prevented us from completing the Loop, but we had already done much of it, both separately and together.
We are sorry that the heavy rainfall prevented us from speaking with all who attended the service.
GAO still cannot accurately assess federal financial statements: The Government Accountability Office says it is still impossible for it to render an opinion on the consolidated financial statements of the federal government (other than the statement of social insurance) "because of widespread material internal control weaknesses and other limitations." In a statement, GAO says that while federal financial management has improved significantly since the government began preparing consolidated financial statements, "for the 13th year in a row now shortcomings in three areas again prevented us from expressing an opinion."