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transitive verbtransitive verb stymies, transitive verb stymieing, transitive verb stymied

[with object] informal
  • Prevent or hinder the progress of.

    • ‘the changes must not be allowed to stymie new medical treatments’
    • ‘He is confident the job will be completed by the end of the year, and even sooner had not the horrendous weather of recent months stymied their progress.’
    • ‘I'm now working out smarter and harder, busting through strength plateaus that had stymied my progress for years.’
    • ‘In the Dark Ages, in Europe, while the Inquisition reigned, progress was stymied.’
    • ‘An Elizabethan playwright - Shakespeare himself - is stymied by writer's block until he discovers his muse.’
    • ‘Numerous studies have shown that many kinds of cancer cells overproduce this caspase inhibitor, apparently to stymie the cellular-suicide program called apoptosis.’
    • ‘While supply problems have not crippled operations, they have stymied some units.’
    • ‘The lack of services stymies judges because even if they recommend therapy, there is nowhere to get it.’
    • ‘Group-think stymies open-mindedness, promotes feelings of superiority, and leads to prejudice and violence against non-members.’
    • ‘This attitude stymies the acceptance of people with disability as valued community members and a healthier accommodation of disability in our own minds.’
    • ‘What stymies the people in poor countries, as a rule, is not a lack of aid.’
    • ‘The Senate, says Mr Howard's Chief of Staff, needs a shake-up because it's stymieing the Coalition's reform agenda.’
    • ‘But by playing politics with this very important issue, they are stymieing the development of many provincial towns.’
    • ‘He was strongly supported by local timber and mining workers, whose work was stymied by impassable roads and bridges leading to the timber and mining areas.’
    • ‘That has delayed construction of levees around the city and stymied an ambitious project to improve drainage in New Orleans' neighborhoods.’
    • ‘But Mr Dempsey rejected the judge's claims that the Government had stymied the commission's work or had left the chairperson powerless.’
    • ‘Decriminalization of cocaine and heroin, for instance, would probably be stymied by this, whatever its merits might be in your own opinion.’
    • ‘The system is also stymied by a reporting loophole.’
    • ‘I only left an exam once when I was a law student, and it was at the point when I was genuinely stymied (in Conflict of Laws).’
    • ‘Not that all those yard sales stymied Miller's confidence.’
    • ‘Khan said his ‘only regret’ was that his commitment to contribute to the country has been stymied by the allegations.’
    • ‘And this core, this fundamental aggressive attack, stymies self-esteem development and an overall perception of self worth, no matter what.’
    • ‘A spouse who does not respond constructively to a Calderbank offer, whether a good offer as in this case or only one that is bad or indifferent, stymies whatever chance there is of settlement.’
    • ‘And the proposals to add those taxes back in will only stymie growth and make it less possible for us to not only get rid of these deficits, but to make Social Security and Medicare sustainable.’
    • ‘A third said the low prices helped stymie imports from places like India, China and Ukraine.’
    • ‘Reliance on the official rate also stymies discussion of an expansive full-employment policy that would take into account the uncounted unemployed and the under employed as well.’
    • ‘This is a company trying to sell into large corporates and the chief financial officers are putting a stymie on spending.’
    • ‘German households can also stymie direct marketers by attaching ‘no advertising’ stickers to their mailboxes.’
    impede, interfere with, hamper, hinder, obstruct, inhibit, frustrate, thwart, foil, spoil, stall, shackle, fetter, stop, check, block, cripple, handicap, scotch
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/ˈstīmē/ /ˈstaɪmi/


Mid 19th century (originally a golfing term, denoting a situation on the green where a ball obstructs the shot of another player): of unknown origin.