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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Related Wordsobstruct, thwart, stonewall, foil, stall, impede, crimp, mystify, prevent, cramp, stump, nonplus, defeat, pigeonhole, confound, corner, crab, shelve, balk, puzzle
Examples from the Web for stymie
Both America's and Iran's regional clients are now openly attempting to stymie the process of rapprochement.Nasrallah Doubles Down On Syria, Iran
November 14, 2013
From 2009 through 2012, Capitol Hill Republicans were highly imaginative in their efforts to stymie President Obama.Is America Out of Ideas?
August 27, 2013
Corporations figure out our ‘bliss spots,’ manipulate the USDA, and stymie anyone who opposes them.How Fast Food Hooks Us
February 25, 2013
And as many of the wealthy women are well known, their public persona can stymie the process.More Rich, High-Powered Women Are Turning to Matchmakers to Find Love
August 15, 2012
Would that derail or at least stymie the popularity of remaking old movies?Lights, Camera, Cocktails
September 2, 2011
The simplest and most frequent is the waiving of the lost stroke for a stymie.The Spirit of the Links
Of the Stymie, let it be said, that as it always has been a freak of the game, so let it continue to be.
A stymie, is when the opponent's ball is on the line of your own putt.
Well, the first thing to be done is to get rid of Loudon's stymie with the authorities.Huntingtower
Duncan took his mashie and played the stymie shot perfectly, "just in the usual way."The Soul of Golf
Percy Adolphus Vaile
- 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 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.