or sty·my or sti·my
[ stahy-mee ]
/ ˈstaɪ mi /
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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Example sentences from the Web for stymie
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, in particular, has played an important role in stymieing the administration.As GOP Senators Block Obama’s Nominees, Democrats Prepare ‘Nuclear Option’|Jamelle Bouie|May 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for stymie
/ (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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