• WordNet 3.6
    • v stymie hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of "His brother blocked him at every turn"
    • n stymie a thwarting and distressing situation
    • n stymie a situation in golf where an opponent's ball blocks the line between your ball and the hole
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stymie (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.
    • Stymie (Golf) To bring into the position of, or impede by, a stymie.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stymie In golf-playing, a position in which a player has to putt for the hole with his opponent's ball directly in the line of his approach.
    • n stymie See stimy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stymie stī′mi in golf, a position on the putting-green when the ball of one player lies between that of his opponent and the hole.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Orig. uncertain


In literature:

Well, the first thing to be done is to get rid of Loudon's stymie with the authorities.
"Huntingtower" by John Buchan
To stymie is human; to lift up divine.
"More Toasts"
I suppose I must have explained a stymie or a no-ball very cleverly once.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 147, August 12, 1914" by Various
The common method of playing a stymie is by pitching your ball over that of your opponent, but this is not always possible.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
Stan began to think they were stymied when all Hades broke loose from above.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
How did he know that globes were stymied by rock?
"The Buttoned Sky" by Geoff St. Reynard
I had to admit I was stymied, and I got so I didn't give a whoop.
"Nine Men in Time" by Noel Miller Loomis
We arranged nothing about stymies before we started, so stymies must stand.
""Pip"" by Ian Hay
I think the Americans will be stymied.
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
An interesting case was quoted to me some time since of the success a man achieved in lofting over stymies, and the reason why.
"The Happy Golfer" by Henry Leach

In news:

More than a year ago five other nonprofit companies received preliminary approval to open dispensaries , but they have been stymied by the lengthy process.
A team from the University of Virginia law school is suing the Pentagon for excluding women from combat units on behalf of two female Army reservists who say their careers were stymied by the policy.
Hazard 's defense continued to stymie the Bobcats in the second period, with the offense picking up the pace.
SEC seems stymied by complexity of high-frequency trading.
Running back Perry Jones and Virginia have been stymied in their attempts to move the ball this season.
Challengers' defeats stymie public DC plan shifts.
Giants Stymie Cardinals, Force Game 7.
He's best known as the life of the party, but his friends just call him " Stymie .".
Tim Snyder earned his one-word moniker when he "stymied" the competition in a beer chugging contest on college spring break.
Here are some legitimate ways for Apple to stymie Android's growth.
How Apple Can Stymie Android's Growth: 10 Ways to Do It.
Weak Technology May Stymie Social Security.
Oklahoma's defense looks to stymie Geno Smith, West Virginia.
Dave's debut: Disasters stymie Matthews' move into movies.
Utes stymie Ray Graham, Pitt offense.

In science:

Grail of unified field theory, overcoming the problems that had stymied other approaches.
The Early Years of String Theory: A Personal Perspective
The AVC is an adversarial model in which the state is controlled by a jammer who wishes to stymie the communication between the encoder and decoder.
Rateless codes for AVC models
The difficulty of accurately measuring significant number of particle positions in the bulk away from the influence of boundaries has also stymied progress.
Spatial distribution functions of random packed granular spheres obtained by direct particle imaging
In fact it is the normalisation problem, not discussed here but see Shanks (1989), at bJ = 18, which stymies our attempts at a definitive explanation.
Hubble Deep Fever: A faint galaxy diagnosis
Other factors have helped to stymie an analytical development of the theory of liquids, such as the failure of the, reasonable sounding, Kirkwood superposition approximation .
Computers and Liquid State Statistical Mechanics