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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR INTERFERING

And, if it's any comfort to you, I have no intention of interfering in any way.

"He wouldn't thank you, sir, for interfering," remarked a bystander.

Does this permit your interfering with my policy for the paper?

If he's as prejudiced as all that, interfering would only make him worse.

This was not strictly true, for Meg was most interfering in the matter of Jan's clothes.

But, offending no one, and interfering with no one, how have I been treated in my turn?

"What—what—" The lightkeeper's wrath was interfering with his utterance.

You mustn't think I—we—have been interfering in your affairs, Grace.

Ruggles was on the point of interfering when Nellie Dawson averted the necessity.

I merely wished to prevent the islanders from interfering with my men at their work.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "to strike against," from Middle French enterferer "to strike each other," from entre- "between" (see entre-) + ferir "to strike," from Latin ferire "to knock, strike," related to Latin forare "to bore, pierce" (see bore (v.), and cf. punch (v.), which has both the senses "to hit" and "to make a hole in"). Figurative sense of "to meddle with, oppose unrightfully" is from 1630s. Related: Interfered; interfering.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR INTERFERING

busier

adjectivenosy, impertinent
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.