Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. Informal To engage in delaying tactics; stall: "stonewalling for time in order to close the missile gap” ( James Reston).
  • intransitive v. Informal To refuse to answer or cooperate.
  • intransitive v. Sports To play defensively rather than trying to score in cricket.
  • transitive v. Informal To refuse to answer or cooperate with; resist or rebuff: "I want you to stonewall it, let them plead the Fifth Amendment” ( Richard M. Nixon).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A refusal to cooperate.
  • v. To refuse to answer or cooperate, especially in supplying information.
  • adj. Certain, stone cold.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. engage in delaying tactics or refuse to cooperate
  • v. obstruct or hinder any discussion

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Examples

  • Salazar now has someone in Sheriff Mink who is willing to help him instead of the term stonewall in his efforts to get to some of these answers.

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  • Ipswich boss Jewell believed his side had been denied what he called a "stonewall penalty".

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  • Nevertheless, liberals are furious about what they're calling a stonewall tactic, reminiscent of the Bush-Cheney years.

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  • I would agree that groups such as stonewall should be allowed to campaign thereby improving the attitudes of people, I just disagree that there moral views ought to be legally enforced by forcing those who disagree with them to associate with people they do not approve of.

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  • It looks as though King County elections officials "stonewall" just about everyone.

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  • If you run into a "stonewall" with a question or investigation, that stonewall is now wider and more impenetrable than it was 40 years ago.

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  • Unless something radical changes, it still doesn’t appear that this stonewall will be a very effective defense.

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  • Dr. Carol Swain Lewis, an English teacher at Three Rivers who served as a judge, said it was "heart wrenching" to watch some of the students seemingly rush through the words, but she picked up that she had to keep a "stonewall" face on the panel, as to not make it visible that she was emotionally involved.

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  • Chicago law professor, she voiced frustration that nominees for a life-term seat on the nation's highest court were allowed to "stonewall" senators and refuse to discuss not only their "broad judicial philosophy," but their "views on particular constitutional issues."

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  • And in a notable departure from the official refrain that France looks forward to cooperating with the United States, Araud explicitly threatened that France would "stonewall" if it felt its sensitivities were being ignored.

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