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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