stop (someone or something) from (doing something)

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stop (someone or something) from (doing something)

To prevent or dissuade someone or something from performing some action or task. You can't stop me from moving to New York, Mom! You need to put some blocks in front of the car's wheels to stop it from rolling down the hill.
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stop someone from doing something

to prevent someone from doing something. I can't stop her from running away. They couldn't stop themselves from eating.
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The speaker emphasized the importance of prevention, which is easier to stop something from happening than to repair the damage after it has happened.
I was lucky to be there to stop something from getting much worse.
"You lose your life the moment you start thinking about how to save a few bucks to stop something from crashing or burning or falling apart," Mapp said Tuesday.
But it is not prevention per se in the generally accepted meaning of the term: to stop something from happening.
But have you ever noticed how sometimes, when you go out of your way to stop something from happening, that you actually end up making it happen?