stop·​page | \ ˈstä-pij How to pronounce stoppage (audio) \

Definition of stoppage

: the act of stopping : the state of being stopped : halt, obstruction a stoppage in play

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Examples of stoppage in a Sentence

The penalty caused a stoppage in play. There have been more than 10 minutes in stoppages. 10 minutes of stoppage time
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Recent Examples on the Web Juan Carlos Obregon opened the scoring four minutes into stoppage time in the first half. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "U.S. fails qualify for Olympic Games in men's soccer after loss to Honduras," 29 Mar. 2021 Honduras opened the scoring four minutes into first-half stoppage time. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "U.S. men’s soccer fails to qualify for Olympics — again — with loss to Honduras," 28 Mar. 2021 But Honduras found an opening goal in the final seconds of stoppage time, with Juan Carlos Obregón Jr. diving through a header off a free kick. Julia Poe,, "U.S. men miss 3rd consecutive Olympic Games," 28 Mar. 2021 All of the continent’s heavyweight countries secured victories, though Spain left it late — the second minute of stoppage time, to be precise — to see off Georgia 2-1 after falling behind. Steve Douglas, ajc, "Europe top teams win WCup qualifiers as Swiss move goalposts," 28 Mar. 2021 Redmond slipped in Moussa Djenepo for the opener in the 37th then scored a superb solo goal in first-half stoppage time, dribbling into the area and skirting a challenge before firing a shot into the top corner. Steve Douglas, Star Tribune, "Man City into FA Cup semifinals, keeps quadruple dream alive," 20 Mar. 2021 This stoppage has delayed Walker’s return a bit, too. Adam Himmelsbach,, "Taking postponements in stride, Celtics return to practice," 14 Jan. 2021 Westminster’s Eric Wojtkowiak rounded out the scoring with a stoppage time goal in the final minute. Eric Bem,, "Liberty’s offense on point to kick off boys soccer season with win at Westminster," 9 Mar. 2021 While Rangers are unbeaten in league play and 38-1-6 on the season – the only loss coming on a stoppage-time goal from St. Mirren in the quarterfinals of the Scottish League Cup – Liverpool is 19-11-10. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer newsletter: Looks like fans will be able to attend Galaxy, LAFC games sooner than expected," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of stoppage

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Stoppage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stoppage

: the act of stopping something
: a situation in which workers stop working for a period of time as a protest
sports : an occurrence in which play is stopped during a game


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Kids Definition of stoppage

: stop entry 2 sense 2 The referee called a stoppage in play.

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