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Definition of stony adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (stonier, stoniest)
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  1. 1having a lot of stones on it or in it stony soil
  2. 2showing a lack of feeling or sympathy synonym cold They listened to him in stony silence.
  3. Idioms
    fall on stony ground
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    to fail to produce the result or the effect that you hope for; to have little success His charming smile fell on stony ground with her. The peace initiatives have already fallen on stony ground.
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