Definition of stymie in US English:



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

    ‘the changes must not be allowed to stymie new medical treatments’
    • ‘While supply problems have not crippled operations, they have stymied some units.’
    • ‘Not that all those yard sales stymied Miller's confidence.’
    • ‘This attitude stymies the acceptance of people with disability as valued community members and a healthier accommodation of disability in our own minds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘German households can also stymie direct marketers by attaching ‘no advertising’ stickers to their mailboxes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Decriminalization of cocaine and heroin, for instance, would probably be stymied by this, whatever its merits might be in your own opinion.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘An Elizabethan playwright - Shakespeare himself - is stymied by writer's block until he discovers his muse.’
    • ‘A third said the low prices helped stymie imports from places like India, China and Ukraine.’
    • ‘What stymies the people in poor countries, as a rule, is not a lack of aid.’
    • ‘In the Dark Ages, in Europe, while the Inquisition reigned, progress was stymied.’
    • ‘I'm now working out smarter and harder, busting through strength plateaus that had stymied my progress for years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is a company trying to sell into large corporates and the chief financial officers are putting a stymie on spending.’
    • ‘The system is also stymied by a reporting loophole.’
    • ‘But by playing politics with this very important issue, they are stymieing the development of many provincial towns.’
    • ‘Khan said his ‘only regret’ was that his commitment to contribute to the country has been stymied by the allegations.’
    • ‘The Senate, says Mr Howard's Chief of Staff, needs a shake-up because it's stymieing the Coalition's reform agenda.’
    • ‘Numerous studies have shown that many kinds of cancer cells overproduce this caspase inhibitor, apparently to stymie the cellular-suicide program called apoptosis.’
    • ‘But Mr Dempsey rejected the judge's claims that the Government had stymied the commission's work or had left the chairperson powerless.’
    • ‘The lack of services stymies judges because even if they recommend therapy, there is nowhere to get it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Group-think stymies open-mindedness, promotes feelings of superiority, and leads to prejudice and violence against non-members.’
    • ‘And this core, this fundamental aggressive attack, stymies self-esteem development and an overall perception of self worth, no matter what.’
    impede, interfere with, hamper, hinder, obstruct, inhibit, frustrate, thwart, foil, spoil, stall, shackle, fetter, stop, check, block, cripple, handicap, scotch
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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.