stiff as a board
Also, stiff as a poker. Inflexible, rigidly formal, unbending, as in This cloth is stiff as a board; what happened to it? or There he stood, stiff as a poker, unwilling to give an inch. The board in the first simile for rigidity is a slab of wood; the second, alluding to the iron implement used to push around logs in open fires, dates from the late 1700s.
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She had just left the wharf at Cincinnati for Louisville, with 225 passengers on board, of whom but 124 were saved.
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The patache was never seen again, and there is not much doubt that it was lost with all hands on board.