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To refuse to answer or cooperate, especially in supplying information.


  • From Middle English stonwal, stōn-wal, stounwal, from Old English stānweall, stān-weall, equivalent to stone + wall. The alcoholic drink was perhaps named thus because its effect was as potent as running into a stone wall.
  • Apparently a corruption of stone cold.

At the press conference, the Prime Minister appeared to be stonewalling when asked about tax increases.

Submitted on July 07, 2010

Additional definitions for 'stonewall':

stonewallA refusal to cooperate.
stonewallCertain, stone cold.
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