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Frank J. Wilstach, comp. A Dictionary of Similes. 1916.


Stiff as a board.

Stiff as a fakir in a box left too long buried.

Stiff as a frozen shadow.

Stiff as a plaster mask.

Stiff as a poker.

Stiff as a post.

Stiff as hedge-stakes.

Stiff as steel.

Stiff like a state coachman.
—Charles Dickens

Sitting stiffly by, like a functionary presiding over an interview, previous to an execution.
—Charles Dickens

Stiff as a dead body.
—Jonathan Dickinson

Stiff as the corpse of a hanged man.
—Alexandre Dumas, père

Stiff like a side of coarse leather.
—James T. Fields

He stood … stiff as a marble statue.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Stiff as a pointer’s tail.
—Maurice Hewlett

Stiff as a rubbing brush.
—Thomas Heywood

Stiffly, and like one slain and cold.
—Ebenezer Jones

Stiff as coat of mail.
—Walter Savage Landor

Stiff as a ramrod.
—Charles James Lever

Stiff as a turnpike.
—Charles Macklin

Stiff as iron bars.
—Guy de Maupassant

Stiff as oak-leaves after frost.
—George Meredith

Stiff as logwood.
—George Meredith

Stiff like a soldier on parade.
—Charles Reade

Stiff as a stone.
—John Ruskin

As stiff as a brick-built-wall.
—James Kenneth Stephen

Stiff as a viper frozen.
—Alfred Tennyson

Stiff as Lot’s wife.
—Alfred Tennyson

Stiff as a dry Quaker.
—Thomas Wade