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Subjugate and Stymie

Difficult Words: Subjugate and Stymie

Stymie (STYE mee) v: to thwart, to get in the way of, to hinder

Stymie is a golfing term. A golfer is stymied when another player's ball lies on the direct path between his or her own ball and the cup.

Off the golf course, one might be stymied by one's boss. In my effort to make a name for myself in the company, I was stymied by my boss who always managed to take credit for all the good things I did and to blame me for his mistakes.

Subjugate (SUB juh GATE) v: to subdue and dominate, to enslave

I bought the fancy riding lawn mower because I thought it would make my life easier, but it quickly subjugated me. All summer long it seems that I did nothing but change its oil, sharpen its blades and drive it back and forth between my house and the repair shop.

The tyrant subjugated all the peasants living in the kingdom. Once free, they were now forced to do his bidding.

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