Origin of stiffener
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Related Wordsbacking, cornerstone, footing, buttress, groundwork, rod, back, rest, pole, bed, rampart, rib, timber, foothold, stanchion, lining, bedding, stake, stave, prop
Examples from the Web for stiffener
"Weel, that is a stiffener," he said, drawing a long breath.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
I say, Lane, fetch me a nobbler of brandy; a stiffener, mind.
Another draught, Anthony; a stiffener to thy courage, mayhap.
The fact is, my head is so heavy, that it rolls about on my shoulders; and I must have a stiffener down my throat to prop it up.Olla Podrida
Lane fetched the stiffener in a soda-water bottle, and it cleared the legal atmosphere.