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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
The home was gorgeous, with stone walls, marble columns, a bronze fountain out front and citrus trees out back.
Vertical cliffs, cut with deep crevices, rise 2,000 feet above the lush lowlands like stone walls.
Colored lights played on the stone walls, and the P.A. system issued a spooky soundtrack of galloping hoofs and war cries, evoking the battle of 1862.
Four Bhutanese boys sitting cross-armed on a stone wall.
Its thick stone walls kept it chilly, summer and winter.
Historic stone walls, gentle candlelight and top-notch service make this a date night must.
At some point in those long millennia of habitation, some of them left behind hand stencils, dots and triangles, and animal figures painted in red on the stone walls, often deep in the dark recesses of the cave.
The farm is a step-back-in-time place with fields bounded by huge stone walls — some measuring almost six feet high with massive boulders at the base.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stone wall.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of stone wall
before 12th century
STONEWALL Defined for English Language Learners
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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