Golf. (on a putting green) an instance of a ball's lying on a direct line between the cup and the ball of an opponent about to putt.
a situation or problem presenting such difficulties as to discourage or defeat any attempt to deal with or resolve it.
verb (used with object), stymied, stymieing.
to hinder, block, or thwart.
Also, stymy, stimy.

1855–60; origin uncertain

3. stump, mystify, frustrate, confound. Unabridged


noun, plural stymies, verb (used with object), stymied, stymying. Unabridged
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stymie or stymy (ˈstaɪmɪ)
vb , -mies, -mieing, -mied, -mies, -mying, -mied
1.  to hinder or thwart
2.  golf to impede with a stymie
n , -mies, -mieing, -mied, -mies, -mying, -mied, -mies
3.  golf (formerly) a situation on the green in which an opponent's ball is blocking the line between the hole and the ball about to be played: an obstructing ball may now be lifted and replaced by a marker
4.  a situation of obstruction
[C19: of uncertain origin]
stymy or stymy
[C19: of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

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 golf, is from 1857; general sense of "block, hinder,
thwart" is from 1902.
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Example sentences
The desire to forget one's troubles may be stymied by having less money to do
With both sides stymied by not being able to directly reach the other, the war
  went underground.
Free access increases it, and should be encouraged rather than stymied.
There is hardly a sector of the economy now that has not been stymied by high
  interest rates.
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