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Definition of "stonewall" [stonewall]

  • Informal To engage in delaying tactics; stall: "stonewalling for time in order to close the missile gap” ( James Reston). (verb-intransitive)
  • Informal To refuse to answer or cooperate. (verb-intransitive)
  • Sports To play defensively rather than trying to score in cricket. (verb-intransitive)
  • 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). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "stonewall" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "Ipswich boss Jewell believed his side had been denied what he called a "stonewall penalty"."
  • "Nevertheless, liberals are furious about what they're calling a stonewall tactic, reminiscent of the Bush-Cheney years."