1. obstruct or delay
don't get in my/the way
If something ‘gets in the way’ it acts as an obstacle preventing access or progress towards a goal or place. You could say spending time with your friends is getting in the way of you studying for example, or that your family commitments are getting in the way of you progressing in work. This is a casual phrase used in professional and social contexts. Similar to ‘obstruct’ or ‘preventing me from’.