The verb stymie means to obstruct or hinder. Constantly texting with your friends will stymie your effort to finish your homework.
Stymie was first used on the golf course in Scotland, where it referred to an opponent's ball blocking your own ball’s path to the cup. From there a verb sense developed, until finally stymie came to mean blocking with any obstacle, not just a golf ball.
v hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
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obstruct or hinder any discussion
obstruct deliberately by delaying
block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
slow down or impede by creating an obstruction