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stymie

or sty·my, sti·my

[stahy-mee]
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noun
  1. Golf. (on a putting green) an instance of a ball's lying on a direct line between the cup and the ball of an opponent about to putt.
  2. a situation or problem presenting such difficulties as to discourage or defeat any attempt to deal with or resolve it.
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verb (used with object), sty·mied, sty·mie·ing.
  1. to hinder, block, or thwart.
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Origin of stymie

First recorded in 1855–60; origin uncertain

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3. stump, mystify, frustrate, confound.
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stymie

stymy

verb -mies, -mieing, -mied, -mies, -mying or -mied (tr; often passive)
  1. to hinder or thwart
  2. golf to impede with a stymie
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noun plural -mies
  1. golf (formerly) a situation on the green in which an opponent's ball is blocking the line between the hole and the ball about to be played: an obstructing ball may now be lifted and replaced by a marker
  2. a situation of obstruction
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Word Origin

C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for stymieing

stymie

1834, (n.), "condition in which an opponent's golf ball blocks the hole," perhaps from Scottish stymie "person who sees poorly," from stime "the least bit" (c.1300), of uncertain origin (Icelandic cognate skima is attested from c.1685). The verb, in golf, is from 1857; general sense of "block, hinder, thwart" is from 1902.

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