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stahy mee

  • n  a situation in golf where an opponent's ball blocks the line between your ball and the hole
  • n  a thwarting and distressing situation
  • v  hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

  • Chinchpokli is one of the most difficult towns in the world to photograph ? the bright sun, local customs and zealous security guards can stymie even the simplest shots.
  • Byzantine drop-off rules at Goodwill or the Salvation Army can stymie would-be donors who want to clear their closets of ill-fitting, outdated or frayed clothes.
  • Doesn't this political deadlock stymie development? Zia: We're not fighting, we're working.
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