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stymie

verb [T often passive] uk   /ˈstaɪ.mi/ (past tense and past participle stymieing) informal us  
to prevent something from happening or someone from achieving a purpose: In our search for evidence, we were stymied by the absence of any recent documents.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
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