stonewall(redirected from stonewalled)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.
v. stone·walled, stone·wall·ing, stone·walls
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.
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).
1. (Cricket) (intr) cricket (of a batsman) to play defensively
2. (Parliamentary Procedure) to obstruct or hinder (parliamentary business)
1. to be evasive or uncooperative; use obstructive tactics.
2. Chiefly Brit. to filibuster.
3. (of a batsman in cricket) to play a defensive game.v.t.
4. to obstruct or evade; refuse to cooperate with.
5. Chiefly Brit. to filibuster.
Past participle: stonewalled
Switch to new thesaurus
|Verb||1.||stonewall - obstruct or hinder any discussion; "Nixon stonewalled the Watergate investigation"; "When she doesn't like to face a problem, she simply stonewalls"|
|2.||stonewall - engage in delaying tactics or refuse to cooperate; "The President stonewalled when he realized the plot was being uncovered by a journalist"|