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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
Yet Notre Dame has continued to stonewall requests for transparency and act in a manner that puts its female students in harm’s way.
By the time Washington got back to the line of scrimmage, two Steelers were waiting to stonewall him.
The House committee also subpoenaed FBI documents about wiretap warrants more than a month ago but has been stonewalled.
The Murdochs survived the News Corporation phone-hacking scandal in the U.K. by denying, stonewalling, pleading ignorance and amnesia, and simply powering through.
With a pair of goalline stands, the Florida Atlantic defense stonewalled Wisconsin’s offense on Saturday and prevented the Badgers from extending their lead.
Sticking to it: How on earth did Jeff Sessions manage to stonewall the Senate Intelligence Committee for three hours on Tuesday, pretending that President Trump never admitted his rationale for firing James Comey to Lester Holt?
In the game's final five minutes, the Gamecocks defense stonewalled N.C. State on fourth down at the South Carolina 30-yard line and again at the South Carolina 10.
Kissinger and Nixon worried that the domestic drumbeat for withdrawal would give Hanoi and incentive to stonewall in negotiations.
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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
Rough stone walls and a dark-metal hearth and vent hood wrapped around a Wolf gas range, provide a rugged counterpoint to the paneled built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, and the Wolf wall oven, microwave, and warming drawer.
Throughout the month, chrysanthemums, in all shapes, sizes and colors, will be displayed in the garden's pavilions and along white stone walls as part of the annual Mumvember celebration.
On the site of a former auto-repair shop here, broken stone walls mark the site of a 900-year-old village that may yield new insights into an ancient desert culture.
The black pickup and the SUV continued across the west lanes of 23rd and crashed into a stone wall.
Both the dam with floodgates north of an island in the river and a serpentine concrete and stone wall south of the island will be removed down to the riverbed, according to project documents.
In an appealing contrast to the crystal glass walls, the kitchen features stone walls and the garage is accented with frameless steel windows.
Thanks to a restoration by a prior owner in the 1960s—who, among other things, exposed the early stone walls and removed the plaster covering the original ceiling beams—much of the home has been brought back to its earlier appearance.
Its Elizabethan theater is still enclosed by the old stone walls that surrounded one of the Chautauqua theaters.
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First Known Use of stone wall
before 12th century
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