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English verb: stonewall

1. stonewall (communication) obstruct or hinder any discussion

SamplesNixon stonewalled the Watergate investigation.
When she doesn't like to face a problem, she simply stonewalls.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)block, blockade, embarrass, hinder, obstruct, stymie, stymy

2. stonewall (change) engage in delaying tactics or refuse to cooperate

SamplesThe President stonewalled when he realized the plot was being uncovered by a journalist.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)delay, detain, hold up

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