stymie

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.

Definitions of stymie
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v hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

Synonyms:
block, blockade, embarrass, hinder, obstruct, stymy
Types:
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stonewall
obstruct or hinder any discussion
filibuster
obstruct deliberately by delaying
check
block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
hang
prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
bottleneck
slow down or impede by creating an obstruction
Type of:
forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent
keep from happening or arising; make impossible

n a thwarting and distressing situation

Synonyms:
stymy
Type of:
obstacle, obstruction
something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted

n a situation in golf where an opponent's ball blocks the line between your ball and the hole

Synonyms:
stymy
Type of:
position, situation
a condition or position in which you find yourself

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