stop·page | \ˈstä-pij \

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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The Petrobras employees’ union has threatened a 72-hour stoppage starting Wednesday, and has asked for the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Pedro Parente, along with other demands. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Brazil Truckers Strike to Cost Government $2.6 Billion Through End of Year," 28 May 2018 Emboldened by robust growth and record-low unemployment, labor representatives have threatened 24-hour stoppages after rallying more than 900,000 people across Germany for protests in recent weeks. Christoph Rauwald,, "German Manufacturers' Labor Talks Deadlocked as Strikes Loom," 24 Jan. 2018 Yerry Mina's stoppage time equaliser in that game pushed the odds back to 6/1, while England were then briefly at an enormous 20/1 after Jordan Henderson missed in the penalty shootout meant that the team's chances suddenly were hanging by a thread., "Timeline of Hope and Glory: How England's Odds of Winning the World Cup Have Changed in 6 Months," 11 July 2018 Lingard failed to connect with a Kane through ball in 78th, Kane miss-hit a header off a free kick in stoppage time, and Stones’ header from a corner was cleared off the line by Vrsaljko in the 99th. Ronald Blum,, "Croatia reaches first World Cup final," 11 July 2018 In the final minute of stoppage time, Pontius passed to Alessandrini on a counterattack and Alessandrini’s 20-yard shot finished off the Crew. Danny O'boyle,, "Galaxy take control in 4-0 shutout win over Columbus Crew," 7 July 2018 The closest Neymar came to scoring wasn’t until stoppage time at the end of the game, when a curling right-foot shot from the edge of the area looked to be creeping under the bar. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Belgium’s Golden Generation Delivers on Promise With a Run to World Cup Semifinal," 6 July 2018 Yet into stoppage time at the end of regulation, Colombia's Yerry Mina rose highest and headed home a Juan Cuadrado corner, to send the game into the extra time. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "22 years later, the weight of the world is off England's shoulders," 3 July 2018 In stoppage time Mateus Uribe fired a stinging shot from long range and Pickford leaped to keep it out with one outstretched hand, sending it wide of the goal and cannoning into the advertising boards. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "Pickford the hero as England’s penalty curse ends," 3 July 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 \

Kids Definition of stoppage

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

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