[ stohn-wawl ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to engage in stonewalling.

  1. Cricket. (of a batsman) to play a defensive game, as by persistently blocking the ball instead of batting it for distance and runs.

verb (used with object)
  1. Informal. to block, stall, or resist intentionally: lobbying efforts to stonewall passage of the legislation.

  2. British. to obstruct (the passage of a legislative bill) in Parliament, especially by excessive or prolonged debate.

  1. pertaining to or characteristic of stonewalling: a new round of stonewall tactics.

Origin of stonewall

v. and adj. use of noun phrase stone wall

Other words from stonewall

  • stonewaller, noun

Words Nearby stonewall Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use stonewall in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for stonewall


/ (ˌstəʊnˈwɔːl) /

  1. (intr) cricket (of a batsman) to play defensively

  2. to obstruct or hinder (parliamentary business)

Derived forms of stonewall

  • stonewaller, noun

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