- Informal. to block, stall, or resist intentionally: lobbying efforts to stonewall passage of the legislation.
- British. to obstruct (the passage of a legislative bill) in Parliament, especially by excessive or prolonged debate.
- pertaining to or characteristic of stonewalling: a new round of stonewall tactics.
Origin of stonewall
Examples from the Web for stonewall
His nickname, given to him at the Battle of Gettysburg and which he kept for the rest of his life, was Stonewall Jim.
Excerpted from Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson by S.C. Gwynne.
Transgender people played an integral role at Stonewall, and we are due respect in our own extended community.RuPaul’s ‘She-Mail’ Exits Drag Race
April 14, 2014
“They stonewall us just like they stonewall the rest of Congress,” the staffer said.Congressional Black Caucus Blasts Obama for Not Nominating Enough African-American Judges
January 27, 2014
I said, well obviously the Stonewall, if only to pay homage.Yes, ‘Looking’ Is Boring. It’s the Drama Gays Deserve.
January 24, 2014
That was Stonewall Jackson's way, and it seemed to be Grant's way, too.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
"Stonewall" Jackson was professor of military science in Virginia.Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman
J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
There were portions of three brigades,—Fulkerson's, Burk's, and the Stonewall.
Stonewall Jackson came to the door of his tent and stood, looking out.
The Stonewall Brigade was encamped in the fields just without the town.
- (intr) cricket (of a batsman) to play defensively
- to obstruct or hinder (parliamentary business)
Word Origin and History for stonewall
Old English stanwalle (n.); see stone (n.) + wall (n.). As nickname of Confederate General Thomas J. Jackson (1824-1863), bestowed 1861 on the occasion of the First Battle of Bull Run, supposedly by Gen. Bernard Bee, urging his brigade to rally around Jackson, who was "standing like a stone wall." Bee was killed in the battle; the account of the nickname appeared in Southern newspapers within four days of the battle.
On the face of it this account has no character of authenticity, and the words ascribed to Bee smack less of the battlefield than of the editorial sanctum. ... It seems inherently probable that something was said by somebody, during or immediately after the battle, that likened Jackson or his men or both to a stone wall. [R.M. Johnston, "Bull Run: Its Strategy and Tactics," Boston, 1913]
"to obstruct," 1914, from metaphoric use of stone wall for "act of obstruction" (1876). Related: Stonewalled; stonewalling.