to interfere with, to stop someone’s actions or plans, to defeat, to overcome.
|Ade’s Fables 255: The Memorable Day when he (Pallzey) had put the Blocks to Old Man McLaughlin, since deceased.‘The New Fable of the Scoffer who Fell Hard’ in|
|Rocky Road 121: I often wish he was married to Mrs. Healey below, instead—she’d soon put the box on the hackles.|
|Sharpe of the Flying Squad 246: Natural conditions bring about a state of congestion in which it is unnecessary for the pickpockets to ‘put the block on’ themselves.|
|Savage Night (1991) 105: A punchy booze-stupe [...] could come along and put the blocks to you.|
|Bang To Rights 124: They only thing they did was put the block on him.|
|Guntz 19: He put the block on any of us having any more parties.|
|Alfie I ii: I told Gilda from the start that I ain’t the marrying sort and [...] she never tries to put the block on me.|
|‘Metropolitan Police Sl.’ in Scotland Yard (1972) 321: block, the: an embargo on information, imposed from above.|
|in Little Legs 121: The Old Bill were closing in, and they’d put the blockers on it.|
|Guardian 10 Mar. [Internet] Mr Murdoch has put a block on any further acquisitions apart from its pending bid for US satellite broadcaster DirecTV.|
1. to give someone a hard time.
|Criminal (1993) 83: I was putting the block to him.|
|Close Pursuit (1988) 52: He puts the blocks to Mantecado about which you don’t want to know.|
2. (UK prison) to tighten up regulations that have become temporarily lax.
|Lag’s Lex. 19: blocks on, to put the. Tightening up of regulations against ‘fiddling’ or lax discipline.|
see also under block n.1