stymie

or sty·my, sti·my

[ stahy-mee ]
/ ˈstaɪ mi /

noun

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.

verb (used with object), sty·mied, sty·mie·ing.

to hinder, block, or thwart.

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Origin of stymie

First recorded in 1855–60; origin uncertain
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stymie

stymy

/ (ˈstaɪmɪ) /

verb -mies, -mieing, -mied, -mies, -mying or -mied (tr; often passive)

to hinder or thwart
golf to impede with a stymie

noun plural -mies

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 for stymie

C19: of uncertain origin
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