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stymie

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transitive verb sty·mie \ˈstī-mē\

Simple Definition of stymie

  • : to stop (someone) from doing something or to stop (something) from happening

Full Definition of stymie

sty·miedsty·mie·ing

  1. :  to present an obstacle to :  stand in the way of <stymied by red tape>

Examples of stymie

  1. Progress on the project has been stymied by lack of money.

  2. <the raging blizzard stymied the rescuers' attempts to find the stranded mountain climbers>



Origin of stymie

Scots stimie, stymie to obstruct a golf shot by interposition of the opponent's ball


First Known Use: 1902

Rhymes with stymie



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