- s having a stiff back
the guards stood stiff-backed and unsmiling
- His accuser is a mitered Catholic archbishop, stiff-backed and sinister, holding a standard topped with a cross.
- Little John Metaxas, who was pro-German in World War I, changed from a waverer to a stiff-backed defier of the Axis after several months of intrigue in that most intriguing .
- Set in an "isolated Latin American town," it's a tale of stiff-backed, implacable male pride.