stonewall

[stohn-wawl]
verb (used without object)
1.
to engage in stonewalling.
2.
British, filibuster ( def 3 ).
3.
Cricket. (of a batsman) to play a defensive game, as by persistently blocking the ball instead of batting it for distance and runs.
verb (used with object)
4.
Informal. to block, stall, or resist intentionally: lobbying efforts to stonewall passage of the legislation.
5.
British. to obstruct (the passage of a legislative bill) in Parliament, especially by excessive or prolonged debate.
adjective
6.
pertaining to or characteristic of stonewalling: a new round of stonewall tactics.

Origin:
v. and adj. use of noun phrase stone wall

stonewaller, noun
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stonewall (ˌstəʊnˈwɔːl)
 
vb
1.  (intr) cricket (of a batsman) to play defensively
2.  to obstruct or hinder (parliamentary business)
 
stone'waller
 
n

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stonewall definition


  1. tv.
    to obstruct something or someone. : And again, the mayor tried to stonewall the investigation.
  2. n.
    an obstructionist act. : His answer to the committee was another stonewall that caught them all by surprise.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
Scientists think that it could treat several types of mood disorders but worry that regulations could stonewall research.
It seems that scientists have come up against a stonewall.
Cheerfully and repeatedly stonewall when asked for negative information.
Listen to what the replies are---if its a stonewall to any negotiation that leaves you with limited but definite options.
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