Definition of stonewall
1 chiefly British : to engage in obstructive parliamentary debate or delaying tactics
2 : to be uncooperative, obstructive, or evasive
: to refuse to comply or cooperate with
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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
Trump has teased an announcement soon -- but the White House continues to stonewall reporters on the question.
But right before it was set to occur, Navalny said the Moscow municipal government was stonewalling his attempts to procure a sound system for the rally, and transferred the event to a place that was not authorized.
Maybe the intelligence chiefs had a basis for stonewalling.
For a White House as undisciplined as this one, the tape stonewalling scans less as a political position than a legal one.
Snelling said he was then stonewalled by park officials.
Snelling then said he was stonewalled by park officials.
Brother Jeffrey contacts a State Department official (Bashir Salahuddin) to help extract his imperiled family, only to be stonewalled at every turn.
And the previous Department of justice both Attorneys General Holder and Lynch in my view stonewalled that investigation.
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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
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Definition of stonewall for English Language Learners
: to refuse or fail to answer questions, to do what has been requested, etc., especially in order to delay or prevent something ( chiefly US )
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