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stonewall

[stohn-wawl] /ˈstoʊnˌwɔl/
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
Related forms
stonewaller, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for stonewaller

stonewall

/ˌstəʊnˈwɔːl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (cricket) (of a batsman) to play defensively
2.
to obstruct or hinder (parliamentary business)
Derived Forms
stonewaller, noun
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Slang definitions & phrases for stonewaller

stonewall

noun

: A sustained stonewall, no one's been willing to answer questions for a week

verb

To delay and obstruct, esp by stubbornly keeping silent: I want you all to stonewall it

[1914+; fr a cricket term used of a determined batsman who blocked everything as if hewere a stone wall; in the US probably influenced by the stolid reputation of the Confederate general Thomas J ''Stonewall'' Jackson; the term became prominent during the early 1970s Watergate scandal]


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