The embrace caused Susskind to stiffen up “like an unwilling virgin,” he later said.
She would break down to some degree, and then stiffen back up.
He tried mixing in various things to stiffen up the pyroxylin.
Even as he held it up for all of them to see, his limbs began to jerk and stiffen.
He reviewed this study to stiffen the back-bone of his power of Attention.
But they seemed to her to stiffen, against her will, and her embrace was surely mechanical.
Mr. Buxton stopped abruptly, and the two men drew themselves up and seemed to stiffen, ever so slightly.
And all the time his eyes were upon his wife, and I saw her stiffen as if she had been struck.
Marie, lay your hand on mine and leave it there until mine begins to stiffen.
White and tense, her hands clenched, Rosamund seemed to stiffen before him.