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 Both Jordan and Gurley had issues with the controller disconnecting, and while the celebrities handled the impromptu stoppage time, the event still received some boos from the crowd. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Winners and losers from Call of Duty League’s Los Angeles home series, including Dallas Empire’s teenage duo," 9 Mar. 2020 Two stoppage-time goals from star striker Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa overturned a 1-0 deficit against River Plate, giving Flamengo its first Copa Libertadores title since 1981. Matias Grez, CNN, "Flamengo fans find a taste of the Maracana 5,700 miles from home," 4 Mar. 2020 Economists say the stoppages threaten to shave 0.1% to 0.3% from Canada’s economic output this month, but the damage could grow the longer the interruption continues. Paul Page, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Maersk Seeks Anchor; Canada’s Rail Standoff; Garlic Markets Pressed," 21 Feb. 2020 K-State scored on six of its eight possessions entering the stoppage. Mike Rodak |, al, "Live updates: Alabama basketball hosts Kansas State," 25 Jan. 2020 During the stoppage, the Cubs held a players-only meeting in the weight room to lift their spirits. Sean Gregory, Time, "My Top Sports Moment of the Decade: The Chicago Cubs Win the World Series," 31 Dec. 2019 The stoppage is scheduled to be lifted at 10 a.m., Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the FAA, said. Chase Hunter, azcentral, "Phoenix soaked by storm on Christmas Eve as snow falls in northern Arizona," 24 Dec. 2019 Some people will argue that the stoppage was premature because Harrison wasn’t taking heavy blows at that moment. Michael Rosenthal, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Tony Harrison loses WBC junior middleweight title to man he beat for it," 22 Dec. 2019 Upon the stoppage from referee Marc Goddard, the bloodied and battered Covington protested, but to no avail. Nolan King, MMA Junkie, "UFC 245 results: Kamaru Usman finishes bloody Colby Covington late in fifth round," 15 Dec. 2019

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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 4 Apr. 2020.

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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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