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stonewalling

[stohn-waw-ling] /ˈstoʊnˌwɔ lɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of stalling, evading, or filibustering, especially to avoid revealing politically embarrassing information.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; stonewall + -ing1

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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Examples for stonewalling
  • Studies show that despite the advantages of stonewalling, each individual sees a decisive incentive to cooperate.
  • Of course, much of this is simply stonewalling by executives determined to keep meddlesome politicians out of their business.
  • But stonewalling as they did during the debt-limit fiasco is likely to play into the president's hands.
  • Nominee's background leaves no room for stonewalling.
  • Even the tobacco companies finally had to admit as much after years of stonewalling.
  • Third, this kind of stonewalling is not unique or uncommon.
  • The government was at this point pursuing a strategy of dissimulation, denial and stonewalling.
British Dictionary definitions for stonewalling

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 stonewalling

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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