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[e-stop] /ɛˈstɒp/
verb (used with object), estopped, estopping.
Law. to hinder or prevent by estoppel.
Archaic. to stop.
Origin of estop
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French estopper, Old French estoper to stop up, derivative of estoupe < Latin stuppa tow. Cf. stuff
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unestopped, adjective Unabridged
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verb (transitive) -tops, -topping, -topped
(law) to preclude by estoppel
(archaic) to stop
Derived Forms
estoppage, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French estoper to plug, ultimately from Latin stuppa tow; see stop
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Word Origin and History for estop

1530s, from Anglo-French estopper "to stop, bar, hinder" (especially in a legal sense, by one's own prior act or declaration), from Old French estoper "plug, stop up, block; prevent, halt" (also in obscene usage), from estope "tow, oakum," from Latin stuppa "tow" (used as a plug); see stop (v.).

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