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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 added: "It was a stonewaller and should have been a red card.
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One was a penalty incident which looked to be a stonewaller but was given as a free-kick to Harrogate.
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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
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Inverness didn't suffer on Sunday but it was a different story when McLean denied Caley Thistle skipper Richie Foran extra-time stonewaller against Aberdeen in the League Cup Final last season.
BRENDAN RODGERS accused referee Lee Probert of denying his side victory after turning down a late penalty shout even Neil Warnock admitted was a stonewaller.