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Examples of stonewall in a Sentence
They stonewalled until they could come up with a response.
They were just stonewalling for time.
They're trying to stonewall the media.
We're trying to get the information, but we're being stonewalled.
Recent Examples of stonewall from the Web
Derek Stepan split the defense on a breakaway, but Gibson stonewalled him, and then swatted away the trailing Christian Dvorak’s attempt alone in front.
What’s the worst that could happen to an assistant who stonewalls the NCAA?
And John Koskinen, the awful replacement IRS commissioner who stonewalled and misled, remains in office.
Meanwhile, the administration stonewalled Congress, reportedly threatening an informant who wanted to go public.
The school made it back to state in 1974 only to be stonewalled again, this time time by their chief rival, Milwaukee Lincoln, which then lost the state final in overtime to Superior.
Cornerback Desmond King stonewalled Scott at the 2-yard line.
Victims and family members are bruised from the adversarial experience, saying the diocese stonewalled, destroyed documents, hid assets and acted in bad faith.
By the time Washington got back to the line of scrimmage, two Steelers were waiting to stonewall him.
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Did You Know?
The earliest English stonewalls were literal; they were walls made from stone. Because a stone wall can be difficult to surmount, English speakers began using stonewall figuratively for things or people who either were persistent and enduring or who presented an obstacle as formidable as a stone wall. (Those figurative senses earned American Confederate Civil War General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson his nickname.) Then, in the late 1800s, cricket players began using stonewall as a verb in reference to a batter's defensive blocking of balls. Around the same time, stonewall found its way into political slang as a synonym of filibuster. There is also a chiefly British sense of "to engage in obstructive parliamentary debate or delaying tactics."
First Known Use of stonewall
Definition of stone wall
Recent Examples of stone wall from the Web
Hike participants viewed the stone walls, bridges, dam, former paper mills, mansions and cabin, and then hiked along forest trails to the summit of Lookout Mountain.
The ministry said one tomb has a courtyard lined with mud-brick and stone walls and contains a six-meter (yard) burial shaft leading to four side chambers.
After a while, the leopard ambled over to a stone wall, part of the remnants of a dwelling once inhabited by the tribal people who lived there.
Within minutes Mahón gave way to the back country, where dry stone walls were looping, like a craggy necklace, through pastures as green as those in the Cotswolds.
In addition to a dam with floodgates extending from the north bank of the river to an island at midstream, a serpentine concrete and stone wall, known as a spillway, extends from the island to the south bank of the river.
Vaulted ceilings, thick stone walls, and a silent cloister are made bright and airy thanks to modern furniture, warm wood, and soaring windows.
The new prison, surrounded by rows of building-high barbed wire instead of a Graterford-style massive stone wall, adds program space, and will have air conditioning, a big change from the sweltering summers at Graterford.
In the living room a sloping stone wall has been constructed beneath some of the 26 triangular skylights.
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First Known Use of stone wall
before 12th century
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