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v. stone·walled, stone·wall·ing, stone·walls
1. Informal
a. To engage in delaying tactics; stall: "stonewalling for time in order to close the missile gap" (James Reston).
b. To refuse to answer or cooperate.
2. Sports To play defensively rather than trying to score in cricket. 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).

stone′wall′er n.
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Noun1.stonewaller - one who stonewalls or refuses to answer or cooperate; someone who delays by lengthy speeches etc.
obstructer, obstructionist, obstructor, resister, thwarter - someone who systematically obstructs some action that others want to take
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He said: "From where I was standing, our boy went down in the box after a challenge and it is was a stonewaller.
Marc Fitzpatrick was saying to me it was a stonewaller but I can't say much more.
Maybe the TV will show it differently and, in fairness, we were denied a stonewaller in the first half.
I think if you see it again, you'll see it's a stonewaller," said Moyes of the incident.
The stonewaller might actually physically leave or they might just stop tracking the conversation and appear to shut down.
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Pearson said: "We should have had a penalty at the end - it's a stonewaller.
Their penalty is soft and I think we've got a stonewaller at the other end.
One was a penalty incident which looked to be a stonewaller but was given as a free-kick to Harrogate.
A stonewaller of the first order, Cheney has fought the National Archives' efforts to secure his records, and a federal judge recently ruled that the vice president has discretion to decide which records to keep private.
We've had some really horrible ones given against us this season and now we've not got a stonewaller and while people say it evens up over the season I'm still waiting
On the other hand, if one becomes a Stonewaller, then priority is given to what gays need to achieve full equality in this country.