stand in the way

idiom

: to prevent something
often + of
We won't let anyone or anything stand in the way of our happiness.

Examples of stand in the way in a Sentence

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“Stand in the way.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stand%20in%20the%20way. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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