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stymie

or stymy, stimy

[stahy-mee] /ˈstaɪ mi/
noun
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
to hinder, block, or thwart.
Origin of stymie
1855-1860
1855-60; origin uncertain
Synonyms
3. stump, mystify, frustrate, confound.

stymy

[stahy-mee] /ˈstaɪ mi/
noun, plural stymies, verb (used with object), stymied, stymying.
1.
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  • Eight of ten stymies should present no more difficulty than an ordinary put.

    The Soul of Golf Percy Adolphus Vaile
  • I believe it is the law that there are no stymies in a three-ball match.

    The Man Who Rose Again Joseph Hocking
  • If the ball that stymies you is on the lip and your own is three yards away, it is obvious that you cannot pitch over it.

  • There is one remark which James Braid makes about stymies which I should like to refer to here.

    The Soul of Golf Percy Adolphus Vaile
  • The fact which must be driven home is that some stymies are negotiable and others are not—not by any player or by any method.

British Dictionary definitions for stymies

stymie

/ˈstaɪmɪ/
verb (transitive; often passive) -mies, -mieing, -mied, -mies, -mying, -mied
1.
to hinder or thwart
2.
(golf) to impede with a stymie
noun (pl) -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
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for stymies

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 stymies

style

verb

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

Related Terms

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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