Definition of stymie
: to present an obstacle to : stand in the way of stymied by red tape
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Examples of stymie in a Sentence
Progress on the project has been stymied by lack of money.
the raging blizzard stymied the rescuers' attempts to find the stranded mountain climbers
Recent Examples of stymie from the Web
But his efforts at modernization have been stymied by the influential clerical elite as well as by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader who has the last word on all matters in Iran.
The governor worries what cuts to that program would stymie Ohio's response to its heroin and opioid crisis.
Currently, bigger structural reforms are still stymied by the BJP’s lack of a majority in India’s Rajya Sabha, or upper house of parliament.
Coming off a three-game sweep in Cleveland that had jumped them over the Indians into first in the Central, the Twins' offense was stymied by Sale and three relievers.
Even as the Trump administration looks to strengthen government scrutiny of foreign investment, the panel responsible is stymied by a lack of staffing, according to multiple people familiar with the issue.
Throughout history, women have also been on the front lines to stymie feminist progress.
Their plans for earlier trips were stymied by a fierce rainy season that washed huge swaths of Highway 1 into the ocean.
The president notably avoided all of the thorny issues that have stymied peace efforts for decades.
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Did You Know?
Golf was being played in Scotland as early as the 15th century, but it wasn't until the 19th century that the sport really caught on in England and North America. It was also in the 19th century that the word stymie entered English as a noun referring to a golfing situation in which one player's ball lies between another ball and the hole on the putting green, thereby blocking the line of play. Later, stymie came to be used as a verb meaning "to bring into the position of, or impede by, a stymie." By the early 20th century, the verb was being applied in similarly vexing non-golf contexts.
Origin and Etymology of stymie
Scots stimie, stymie to obstruct a golf shot by interposition of the opponent's ball
First Known Use: 1902See Words from the same year
STYMIE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stymie for English Language Learners
: to stop (someone) from doing something or to stop (something) from happening
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