stonewalling

[stohn-waw-ling]
noun
the act of stalling, evading, or filibustering, especially to avoid revealing politically embarrassing information.

Origin:
1875–80; stonewall + -ing1

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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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Example sentences
Studies show that despite the advantages of stonewalling, each individual sees
  a decisive incentive to cooperate.
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.
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