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stonewall

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Pronunciation: /ˈstəʊnwɔːl
 
, stəʊnˈwɔːl
 
/

Definition of stonewall in English:

verb

[with object]
1Delay or obstruct (a request, process, or person) by refusing to answer questions or by being evasive: she has also stonewalled queries about her love life (as noun stonewalling) a master in the art of stonewalling and political intimidation
More example sentences
  • When she confronted Don, he stonewalled her and limited her access to the business records.
  • The bankers refused to give an inch and just stonewalled us.
  • Each and every time I'd try to arrange a meeting, she'd stonewall me.
1.1 [no object] Cricket Bat extremely defensively.
Example sentences
  • MacGill, who has taken 39 wickets in six Tests against England, often found it more difficult bowling to players whose sole intention was to stonewall.
  • If they batted the overs West Indies would win so Vaughan had to go for the kill and Browne and Bradshaw stonewalled defiantly.

noun

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An act of delaying or obstructing a person, request, or process: I have repeatedly given him the opportunity to clear this matter up, but the estate has met with stonewall after stonewall
More example sentences
  • ‘No comment,’ says Smeaton, the only time in several days he resorts to a stonewall.
  • But when the journalist politely quizzed Barry about his pay - whether he felt it complied with the recent sentiment about corporate accountability, and whether he felt earned it - all we got was a stonewall.
  • Here were two young reporters who brought down an administration by their doggedness, cutting through the stonewall.

Derivatives

stonewaller

1
noun
Example sentences
  • I have to agree that we tend to be terrifically good stonewallers in the media when we get in trouble.

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