Is there a single word or metonym for someone or something that "blocks a view"?
I'm looking for a word that, unlike "obstacle" or "obstruction", conveys the "view" part.
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How about a 'blind?' i.e. 'something that obstructs vision'
"block" or "blocker" fits to the definition.
block n Something that obstructs; an obstacle.
blocker n a person or thing that acts as a block
Synonyms: block, hide, obscure, obstruct, screen, shroud
These verbs mean to cut off from sight:
a tree that blocked the view; a road hidden by brush; mist that obscured the mountain peak; skyscrapers obstructing the sky; a fence that screens the alley; a face shrouded by a heavy veil.
You could use occulter. The Collins dictionary gives the meaning as:
a thing that occults, screens or blocks out
I think that if you want to really add visual obstruction works but you could also go with blind spot.
Usage: "The car merging caught me off guard because my car has a huge blind spot."
an area where a person's view is obstructed.
"the angle rearview mirror eliminates blind spots on both sides of the car"