"stymies" in the noun sense
1. stymie, stymy
a situation in golf where an opponent's ball blocks the line between your ball and the hole
2. stymie, stymy
a thwarting and distressing situation
"stymies" in the verb sense
1. obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrass
hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
"His brother blocked him at every turn"
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