Etymology
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stymie (v.)

1857, in golf, from stymie (n.) "condition in which an opponent's ball blocks the hole" (1834); of uncertain origin, perhaps from Scottish stymie "person who sees poorly," from stime "the least bit" (early 14c.), itself of uncertain origin. General sense of "block, hinder, thwart" is from 1902. Related: Stymied.

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Definitions of stymie
1
stymie (n.)
a situation in golf where an opponent's ball blocks the line between your ball and the hole;
Synonyms: stymy
stymie (n.)
a thwarting and distressing situation;
Synonyms: stymy
2
stymie (v.)
hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of;
Synonyms: obstruct / blockade / block / hinder / stymy / embarrass
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