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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Loons striker Mason Toye was shown a red card in the final minutes of stoppage time for spitting on Dallas’ Reggie Cannon. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United gives up two late goals, falls 5-3 to FC Dallas," 10 Aug. 2019 Diego Rubio scored three minutes after Kamara’s first-half stoppage-time goal giving the ‘Pids two markers just before the intermission. Jake Shapiro, The Denver Post, "Five takeaways from the Colorado Rapids infectious offensive outburst against Montreal," 4 Aug. 2019 Pipeline continued to attack in the first half, putting two shots on goal in stoppage time that were saved by Cote., "Local boys 13U soccer team wins National Championship," 29 July 2019 Note: Timbers midfielder Diego Chara was shown a yellow card for a hard tackle in stoppage time. Jamie Goldberg,, "Brian Fernandez scores twice to lead Portland Timbers to 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders," 21 July 2019 In stoppage time, Mikey Lopez was taken down in the box by goalkeeper Castanheira to set up Legion FC’s final score of the match, a successful penalty kick by Prosper Kasim. Cheryl Wray, al, "Legion FC earns dominating home victory over Atlanta United 2," 20 July 2019 The Manchester City star's stunning stoppage time free-kick against Nigeria in Sunday's semifinal booked the Fennec Foxes a spot in the final for the first time in 29 years. Matias Grez, CNN, "AFCON 2019: Algeria and Senegal face one in a generation chance to make history," 18 July 2019 San Jose controlled the game after that, but Minnesota iced it on a Kevin Molino goal two minutes into stoppage time. Field Level Media, The Mercury News, "Minnesota United cools off San Jose Earthquakes 3-1," 3 July 2019 With only seconds remaining in stoppage time, Portland earned a corner kick. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride fall 4-3 on road against Portland Thorns despite late rally," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of stoppage

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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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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