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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

stonewall

\STOHN-wawl\ , verb;
1.
To block, stall, or resist intentionally.
2.
In cricket, to play a defensive game, as by persistently blocking the ball instead of batting it for distance and runs.
3.
To filibuster.
Quotes:
Often, they will stonewall you with silence and brief answers.
-- Beverly A. Potter, From conflict to cooperation: How to mediate a dispute
Shelley was standing right in front of me so I had to stonewall it by saying that Tarah was "delusional" just like they'd said about me at the trial.
-- Jim Harrison, The Woman Lit by Fireflies
Origin:
While to stonewall conjures associations with the bar in New York that played a role in the gay rights movement as well as Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, this verb originates in the simple sense of obstruction conjured by a wall made of stone. The first recorded use of the verb form occurs in 1914.
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