to hinder, block, or thwart.
a situation or problem presenting such difficulties as to discourage or defeat any attempt to deal with or resolve it.
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.
- Sometimes sty·my .
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How to use stymie in a sentence
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. | Shirin Tahir-Kheli | May 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
If the balls are much more than a foot apart, the "follow-through method" of playing stymies is almost certain to fail.
I maintain that in the nature of things most ordinary stymies, when played in the manner which I advocate, are very easy.The Soul of Golf | Percy Adolphus Vaile
An interesting case was quoted to me some time since of the success a man achieved in lofting over stymies, and the reason why.The Happy Golfer | Henry Leach
British Dictionary definitions for stymie
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
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