an attempt to hamper the investigations
hinder, obstruct, impede, inhibit, retard, baulk, thwart, foil, curb, delay, set back, slow down, hold back, hold up, interfere with;
restrict, restrain, constrain, block, check, curtail, frustrate, cramp, bridle, handicap, cripple, hamstring, shackle, fetter, encumber
British informal throw a spanner in the works of
North American informal bork, throw a monkey wrench in the works of
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