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  • adj. obstinate

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  • adj. Obstinate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a stiff back


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  • He gestured to the sofa first, then quickly changed his mind and pointed to a stiff-backed chair, which was fortunate, because I had no intention of getting comfortable.

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  • A stiff-backed Arlen Specter bounded out of his burgundy Lincoln Town Car at a community center here and into a scene that had become all too familiar for the 79-year-old senator: "Arlen!" several hundred of his fellow Pennsylvanians screamed.

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  • I sat beside him at the funeral, stiff-backed, our sweaty palms clasped together.

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  • In his mid-50s, Gen. Fernana is squat and barrel-chested, with the stiff-backed strut of a man who has spent a lifetime in uniform.

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  • The vicar looked as if he did indeed mind, but he gathered his Bible and plate and slid to the far end of the table, where he sat stiff-backed as if afraid his very air might be tainted by their presence.

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  • The Californians trooped in, placed their hats on the piano, and seated themselves on stiff-backed chairs arranged in a row facing Hoover and the dour, Bible-toting McClure.


  • Shras sighed, but very quickly regained his stiff-backed bearing.

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  • There was no cushion on the seat, so at the end of every audience Leferic was stiff-backed and sore-arsed.


  • The officer who met her was the archetype of the successful military man: stiff-backed, gray-haired, and in good shape.

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  • Pink cement high-rise apartment buildings twenty stories tall have been dressed up with pitched roofs, turn-around driveways, and stiff-backed guards who watch over the complex with a forgetful seriousness that lets nearly all visitors pass but gives them a stern look as they do.

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