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