or sty·my, sti·my
- 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.
- a situation or problem presenting such difficulties as to discourage or defeat any attempt to deal with or resolve it.
- to hinder, block, or thwart.
Origin of stymie
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Examples from the Web for stymies
How will the country cope with the immense energy shortage that stymies economic opportunity for a restless nation?Pakistan’s Crucial Elections: There’s Much at Stake for the U.S.
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I believe it is the law that there are no stymies in a three-ball match.The Man Who Rose Again
There is one remark which James Braid makes about stymies which I should like to refer to here.
Eight of ten stymies should present no more difficulty than an ordinary put.
The fact which must be driven home is that some stymies are negotiable and others are not—not by any player or by any method.
If the ball that stymies you is on the lip and your own is three yards away, it is obvious that you cannot pitch over it.
- to hinder or thwart
- golf to impede with a stymie
- 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
- a situation of obstruction
Word Origin and History for stymies
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.