stop·​page ˈstä-pij How to pronounce stoppage (audio)
: the act of stopping : the state of being stopped : halt, obstruction
a stoppage in play

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
Recent Examples on the Web The specter of a federal government shutdown, which would begin on October 1 if a solution isn't found by then, is raising questions for Social Security recipients about how a stoppage might impact their monthly benefit checks. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 22 Sep. 2023 In an ominous sign, the Biden administration on Friday took the first steps to prepare government agencies for a potential stoppage, according to a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private discussions. Tony Romm, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 The labor stoppages have put many rank-and-file members in precarious financial situations and brought the industry to a virtual standstill. Chloe Melas, NBC News, 21 Sep. 2023 The work stoppages have put significant pressure on workers, studios, talent agencies and managers and have led to layoffs across the industry. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2023 Due to the work stoppage, the foundation is currently processing 50-100 new applications for emergency financial assistance for members with rent and mortgage payments, as well as food, utilities and medical needs. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Sep. 2023 In the end, SAG members were split by the agreement that ended the work stoppage. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 1 Sep. 2023 The Timbers made two final substitutes at the edge of stoppage time: Antony and Larrys Mabiala for Evander and Moreno. oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2023 Read full article In their last four league games, the Revolution have gone 1-1-2, surrendering goals in the 85th minute of a loss to Montreal and in stoppage time in draws against Austin FC and Minnesota United. Frank Dell'apa,, 14 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stoppage was in the 15th century

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“Stoppage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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stop·​page ˈstäp-ij How to pronounce stoppage (audio)
: the act of stopping : the state of being stopped

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