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tr.v. sty·mied, sty·mie·ing, sty·mies
To be an obstacle to; prevent the advancement or success of; thwart or stump: weather that stymied attempts to locate the missing hikers; a math problem that stymied half the class.
1. An obstacle or obstruction.
2. Sports A situation in golf in which an opponent's ball obstructs the line of play of one's own ball on the putting green.
[Originally, a golf ball obstructing one's line of play; perhaps akin to Scots stymie, person with poor vision (perhaps from styme, in to se nocht ane styme, not to see a glimmer (of something)).]
vb (tr; often passive) , -mies, -mieing, -mied, -mies, -mying or -mied
1. to hinder or thwart
2. (Golf) golf to impede with a stymie
n, pl -mies
3. (Golf) 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
4. a situation of obstruction
[C19: of uncertain origin]
or sty•my(ˈstaɪ mi)
v. -mied, -mie•ing v.t.
1. to hinder, block, or thwart.n.
2. 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.
3. a situation or problem presenting such difficulties as to discourage or defeat attempts to deal with or resolve it.
[1855–60; orig. uncertain]
Past participle: stymied
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|Noun||1.||stymie - a situation in golf where an opponent's ball blocks the line between your ball and the hole|
|2.||stymie - a thwarting and distressing situation|
|Verb||1.||stymie - hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"|
stonewall - obstruct or hinder any discussion; "Nixon stonewalled the Watergate investigation"; "When she doesn't like to face a problem, she simply stonewalls"
foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, forbid - keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"
filibuster - obstruct deliberately by delaying
check - block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
hang - prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
bottleneck - slow down or impede by creating an obstruction; "His laziness has bottlenecked our efforts to reform the system"