stonewall

verb
stone·​wall | \ ˈstōn-ˌwȯl How to pronounce stonewall (audio) \
stonewalled; stonewalling; stonewalls

Definition of stonewall

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 chiefly British : to engage in obstructive parliamentary debate or delaying tactics
2 : to be uncooperative, obstructive, or evasive

transitive verb

: to refuse to comply or cooperate with

stone wall

noun

Definition of stone wall (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a fence made of stones especially : one built of rough stones without mortar to enclose a field
2 : an immovable block or obstruction (as in public affairs)

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Other Words from stonewall

Verb

stonewaller noun

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."

Examples of stonewall in a Sentence

Verb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the game’s waning moments, Dubnyk extended his leg to stonewall Stastny with his pad to preserve the win for the Wild. W.g. Ramirez, The Seattle Times, "Wild defeat Golden Knights 3-2, stay in playoff hunt," 29 Mar. 2019 These are among documents congressional Republicans have been fighting to obtain for more than a year, only to be stonewalled by the Justice Department. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Checking Robert Mueller," 13 Dec. 2018 The opposite may be true if the courts and the office of the special counsel are stonewalled by Trump and aren’t allowed to do their job. Cristian Farias, Daily Intelligencer, "The Supreme Court Will Make Trump Talk to Mueller If It Has To," 3 May 2018 Flake’s stonewalling could definitely make things a bit more complicated. Li Zhou, Vox, "Jeff Flake says he’ll block judicial nominees until Mueller protection bill gets a vote," 15 Nov. 2018 The committee can’t do an investigation if attorneys are stonewalling. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Every time Ford and Kavanaugh answered the question — and didn't answer the question," 28 Sep. 2018 So, he's been stonewalling throughout the last year and a half. Fox News, "Kavanaugh denies assault allegations in Fox News interview," 25 Sep. 2018 Ron Johnson, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, is being stonewalled on at least three inquiries. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The Real Constitutional Crisis," 24 May 2018 The highlight of its draw with mighty Argentina was Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson stonewalling Lionel Messi on a penalty kick. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Top 10 World Cup moments: Heroics from Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Hirving Lozano," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The films, offering an inside look at prison life, will be screened directly onto the old stone walls of Eastern State. Stephan Salisbury, https://www.inquirer.com, "N.C. Wyeth, Penn Museum’s moving sphinx, Gee’s Bend quilters, and more museum highlights," 5 June 2019 For exterior stone walls, keeping them in good repair will ensure the beauty and elegance of your home’s landscaping. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: How to improve your curb appeal," 3 June 2019 The Miramar’s main building, the Manor House, has the feel of a classic estate, with white stone walls, leaded windows, and a black roof. Candace Jackson, Town & Country, "The Rosewood Miramar Beach Is Montecito's Newest Luxury Hotel—and Private Club For Those Who Want the Real Perks," 27 Apr. 2019 Now the castle’s imposing stone walls and soaring Gothic spires are home to yet another era-defining figure — a president who for the past five years has turned it into a citadel of European populism. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "Pro-Europe Czechs hope for early spring in Prague, push to defeat Putin-friendly president," 25 Jan. 2018 Particularly the Hotel Excelsior, a posh, history-rich property that overlooks both the Adriatic Sea and the Old City's hulking stone walls. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Hotel Excelsior," 11 Nov. 2018 Beds of herbs, produce and flowers are terraced into the hillside, flanked by stone walls and bordered by open fields and a lush valley. BostonGlobe.com, "He planted a seed and an idea took root. The result is Red Barns at Kelly Way Gardens.," 19 Apr. 2018 French doors open to a covered deck and a garden surrounded by stone walls and a white picket fence. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "$550,000 Homes in Connecticut, Minnesota and New York," 14 Feb. 2018 And two stone walls hold rustic arched doors with glass panes. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "House Envy: Winding road, French touches give Hartland mansion its charm," 3 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of stonewall

Verb

1880, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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stonewall

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stonewall

: to refuse or fail to answer questions, to do what has been requested, etc., especially in order to delay or prevent something

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