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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Candreva also scored a second, in stoppage time, to add to Benevento’s humiliation. Daniella Matar, The Seattle Times, "Inter, Napoli, Fiorentina into Italian Cup quarterfinals," 13 Jan. 2019 In Serie A, the Inter captain scored a stoppage-time winner in the city derby against AC Milan on Sunday. Daniella Matar, The Seattle Times, "Ronaldo keeps his focus, Juventus struggling to do the same," 22 Oct. 2018 Economists say the ripple effects of the stoppage were also felt in June. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Brazil’s Current-Account Surplus Fell in June From May After Truckers Strike," 26 July 2018 While there have been private lawsuits filed against MetLife over the stoppage in pension payments, Galvin said Massachusetts is the first state to charge the company with fraud since the discrepancy was discovered. Katheleen Conti,, "MetLife charged with fraud for failing to pay pensions of ‘dead’ retirees," 25 June 2018 The Dolphins had runners on second and third with two outs before the stoppage., "FAU survives rally, lengthy delay to beat Jacksonville in NCAAs," 3 June 2018 At the end of the freeze, council members will review the impact of the stoppage and decide whether to extend the period, if needed. Anthony Clark Carpio,, "Burbank approves next fiscal year budget," 30 May 2018 Right on cue, Curry threw a pass he shouldn’t have thrown, and Kerr called for time, hoping the abrupt stoppage would shake his team. Ben Golliver,, "The Warriors' Oldest Nemesis Returns With a Vengeance," 23 May 2018 Perhaps more accurate, but the stoppages would also have killed its rhythm. Thomas Allnutt,, "Barça hold on for draw against Real - five things we learned," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of stoppage

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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


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

Kids Definition of stoppage

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

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