The prison lobby ensures this does not happen by thwarting nearly every reform that could result in fewer people behind bars.
The outside world has achieved remarkable success delaying and thwarting the Iranian nuclear program.
No cameras were allowed, thwarting the paparazzi who tried to follow Clooney into the service.
Military men defended the repression as key to thwarting the communist threat.
Romney said current trade restrictions are thwarting economic growth in developing nations as well as in the United States.
You see, I have a powerful interest in thwarting the projects of this female envoy of God, should they ever be realized.
For this, or at any rate for some thwarting of his will, he seems never to have forgiven her.
Moreover, she guessed that it had something to do with thwarting Gomez, and she meant to help him if she had an opportunity.
She spoke sharply as was her way when she suspected any thwarting of her will or desire.
Meanwhile, he devoted his thoughts to some discreet way of thwarting Clameran's marriage with Madeleine.
c.1200, from Old Norse þvert "across," originally neuter of thverr (adj.) "transverse, across," cognate with Old English þweorh "transverse, perverse, angry, cross," from Proto-Germanic *thwerkhaz (cf. Middle Dutch dwers, Dutch dwars "cross-grained, contrary," Old High German twerh, German quer, Gothic þwairhs "angry"), altered (by influence of *thwer- "to turn") from *therkh-, from PIE *twork-/*twerk- "twist" (cf. Latin torquere "to twist," Sanskrit tarkuh "spindle," Old Church Slavonic traku "band, girdle," Old High German drahsil "turner," German drechseln "to turn on a lathe").
"oppose, hinder," mid-13c., from thwart (adv.). Related: Thwarted; thwarting.