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


[stohn-wawl] /ˈstoʊnˌwɔl/
verb (used without object)
to engage in stonewalling.
British, filibuster (def 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)
Informal. to block, stall, or resist intentionally:
lobbying efforts to stonewall passage of the legislation.
British. to obstruct (the passage of a legislative bill) in Parliament, especially by excessive or prolonged debate.
pertaining to or characteristic of stonewalling:
a new round of stonewall tactics.
v. and adj. use of noun phrase stone wall
Related forms
stonewaller, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web 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


(intransitive) (cricket) (of a batsman) to play defensively
to obstruct or hinder (parliamentary business)
Derived Forms
stonewaller, noun
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Word Origin and History for stonewalling



Old English stanwalle (n.); see stone (n.) + wall (n.). As nickname of Confederate General Thomas J. Jackson (1824-1863), bestowed 1861 on the occasion of the First Battle of Bull Run, supposedly by Gen. Bernard Bee, urging his brigade to rally around Jackson, who was "standing like a stone wall." Bee was killed in the battle; the account of the nickname appeared in Southern newspapers within four days of the battle.

On the face of it this account has no character of authenticity, and the words ascribed to Bee smack less of the battlefield than of the editorial sanctum. ... It seems inherently probable that something was said by somebody, during or immediately after the battle, that likened Jackson or his men or both to a stone wall. [R.M. Johnston, "Bull Run: Its Strategy and Tactics," Boston, 1913]


"to obstruct," 1914, from metaphoric use of stone wall for "act of obstruction" (1876). Related: Stonewalled; stonewalling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for stonewalling



An intoxicated or stuporous person: mumbles a stoner performance that's sidesplittingly funny/ It's different than it was in the '60s because it's not just your obvious stoner types. It's the jocks and the A-plus students. It's just about everybody (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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