Stymie
Stymie Sty"mie, n. Also Stimy Sti"my . [Orig. uncertain.] (Golf) The position of two balls on the putting green such that, being more than six inches apart, one ball lies directly between the other and the hole at which the latter must be played; also, the act of bringing the balls into this position. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • stymie — [stī′mē] n. [prob. a use of earlier Scot, a person partially blind < styme < ME stime (sense obscure): the reference is to the blind shot caused by a stymie] 1. Golf the condition that exists on a putting green when an opponent s ball lies… …   English World dictionary

  • Stymie — Sty mie, v. t. Also Stimy Sti my . (Golf) To bring into the position of, or impede by, a stymie. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stymie — 1834, (n.), condition in which an opponent s golf ball blocks the hole, perhaps from Scottish stymie person who sees poorly, from stime the least bit (c.1300), of uncertain origin (Icelandic cognate skima is attested from c.1685). The verb, in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • stymie — I verb block, circumscribe, counteract, curb, deadlock, debar, delay, disadvantage, encumber, estop, forestall, frustrate, hamper, handicap, hinder, impede, inconvenience, inhibit, obstruct, parry, preclude, prevent, put an end to, stall, stand… …   Law dictionary

  • stymie — [stimi] n. m. ÉTYM. 1924, Petiot; mot anglais. ❖ ♦ Sports. Situation d un joueur de golf auquel un obstacle barre la trajectoire que devrait suivre sa balle …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • stymie — is now the regular spelling of the word used in golf and in the meaning ‘to obstruct or thwart’, rather than stimy or stimie. The verb has inflected forms stymies, stymied, stymieing …   Modern English usage

  • stymie — [v] frustrate, hinder balk, block, choke off, confound, corner, crab*, cramp, cramp one’s style*, crimp, cut off, dead end*, defeat, foil, give the run around*, hang fire*, hang up*, hold off, hold up, impede, mystify, nonplus, obstruct,… …   New thesaurus

  • stymie — ► VERB (stymies, stymied, stymying or stymieing) informal ▪ prevent or hinder the progress of. ORIGIN originally a golfing term, denoting a situation on the green where a ball obstructs the shot of another player; of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • Stymie — This article is about a golf rule. See Matthew Stymie Beard for the Our Gang actor and character and for the racehorse, see Stymie (horse) .A stymie refers to an archaic rule in the game of golf. In singles match play when one player s ball… …   Wikipedia

  • stymie — UK [ˈstaɪmɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms stymie : present tense I/you/we/they stymie he/she/it stymies present participle stymieing past tense stymied past participle stymied informal to stop someone from achieving an aim, or to stop some… …   English dictionary

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