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or stymy, stimy

[stahy-mee] /ˈstaɪ mi/
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.
Origin of stymie
1855-60; origin uncertain
3. stump, mystify, frustrate, confound. Unabridged
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  • Of the stymie, let it be said, that as it always has been a freak of the game, so let it continue to be.

  • A stymie, is when the opponent's ball is on the line of your own putt.

  • Duncan took his mashie and played the stymie shot perfectly, "just in the usual way."

    The Soul of Golf Percy Adolphus Vaile
  • There is another way of negotiating a stymie which I have never seen described.

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  • It is obvious from this description that the stroke in Braid's mind is totally different from my stymie stroke.

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British Dictionary definitions for stymie


verb (transitive; often passive) -mies, -mieing, -mied, -mies, -mying, -mied
to hinder or thwart
(golf) to impede with a stymie
noun (pl) -mies
(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
a situation of obstruction
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for 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 golf, is from 1857; general sense of "block, hinder, thwart" is from 1902.

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Slang definitions & phrases for stymie



To act or play in a showy, flamboyant way; hot dog, showboat: You got an A in physics! You're styling! (1970s+ Black)

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cramp someone's style, dog fashion, like it's going out of style

[put on style, ''to act in a boastful way,'' is found by 1871]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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