Now here’s a word I haven’t heard for a long time!
Something would always stymie me from achieving my goal. This was usually in the guise of somebody wanting something else or needing me to do something so whatever it was had to go on the back burner. I also got stymied trying to solve the occasional puzzle, especially one of the Logic variety which I can only do in utter silence!!!
However, I didn’t realise until today that it is actually a golf term when your opponent’s ball obstructs the line of play of your own on the putting green!