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stymie

Line breaks: sty¦mie
Pronunciation: /ˈstʌɪmi
 
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Definition of stymie in English:

verb (stymies, stymieing, stymied)

[with object] informal
Prevent or hinder the progress of: the changes must not be allowed to stymie new medical treatments
More example sentences
  • He is confident the job will be completed by the end of the year, and even sooner had not the horrendous weather of recent months stymied their progress.
  • I'm now working out smarter and harder, busting through strength plateaus that had stymied my progress for years.
  • In the Dark Ages, in Europe, while the Inquisition reigned, progress was stymied.
Synonyms
British informal scupper, throw a spanner in the works of
North American informal throw a monkey wrench in the works of

Origin

mid 19th century (originally a golfing term, denoting a situation on the green where a ball obstructs the shot of another player): of unknown origin.

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