stonewaller


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stone·wall

 (stōn′wôl′)
v. stone·walled, stone·wall·ing, stone·walls
v.intr.
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.
v.tr. 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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Aitken was slammed by Livingston boss Gary Holt in February for denying his Lions a stonewaller in a 2-1 defeat by Dundee.
It looked like a stonewaller on first viewing but the whistler was having none of it.
"Every time it happens, then we go back and everyone looks at the video and you go, 'Well, it's not a dive, so how many times is it going to happen?' "I'm not sure if the Brighton players did say it was a dive or not, and I'll need to see it back, but I was at the edge of the box and for me it was a stonewaller. If people are starting to say Mo has gone down easily, it's not fair, because the one against Arsenal, especially, he got clipped three times on his way down.
"I'm not sure if the Brighton players did say it was a dive or not and I'll need to see it back but I was at the edge of the box and for me it was a stonewaller.
"Marc Fitzpatrick was saying to me it was a stonewaller but I can't say much more."
"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.
While some of this engaging book's comprehensive statistics highlight the extent to which he could 'drop anchor', Trevor Bailey was more than a stonewaller.
Pearson said: "We should have had a penalty at the end - it's a stonewaller. How the officials can miss that is beyond me.
The City boss added: "It's a stonewaller. How the officials can miss that is beyond me.