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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William Carvalho finished off the scoring in stoppage time, helping Portugal wrap up a perfect international window with the win. Avi Creditor,, "Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo Scores 4 Goals in Portugal's Rout of Lithuania," 10 Sep. 2019 Down 1-0 in stoppage time, SAFC nearly netted a tying goal, but defender Kai Greene’s header off Barmby’s corner sailed just over the crossbar. Terrence Thomas,, "SAFC falls to USL’s top team on late goal," 8 Sep. 2019 Minnesota’s chances added up down the stretch, with two good opportunities in stoppage time. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United falls 2-1 to Atlanta in U.S. Open Cup final," 27 Aug. 2019 The Dash pulled a goal back in the fourth minute of stoppage time through an effort from captain Kealia Ohai, but her strike proved to be virtually the final touch of the match as referee Natalie Simon blew her whistle after the ensuing kickoff. Staff Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Lloyd’s two goals lift Sky Blue FC over Dash," 25 Aug. 2019 The Lions hung onto the lead, but a moment of chaos in the box in the first minute of stoppage time leveled the game. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City surrenders late goal, earns 1-1 draw with Minnesota United," 18 Aug. 2019 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

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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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