Usage examples for stiffening

  1. " Well, I'm going to bet this four hundred and twenty- five thousand dollars that it don't go as low as sixty- two," retorted Wallingford stiffening. – Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford by George Randolph Chester
  2. He saw the warmth fading from the eyes, the hard stern lines settling about the mouth, the cold stiffening of her whole body. – The Prelude to Adventure by Hugh Walpole
  3. " It will hurt to move, sir, and you beaten to a pulp first and then stiffening for the three days you're after lying here; 'tis all I wish I could rub you, with a good bottle of Elliman's to do it with. – Captain Jim by Mary Grant Bruce
  4. He sighed and frowned, his muscles stiffening unconsciously. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  5. Not a word was said that the German could hear, but he could see the recognition run from rank to rank and troop to troop, until the squadron knew to a man; he saw them glance at Ranjoor Singh, and from him to one another, and ride on with a new stiffening and a new air of " now we'll see what comes of it!" – Winds of the World by Talbot Mundy
  6. He instantly associated this peculiar bird- note with the sudden stiffening of Silvertip's body and his attitude of intense listening. – The Spirit of the Border A Romance of the Early Settlers in the Ohio Valley by Zane Grey
  7. With a bound he grasped it, stiffening his arms, and making a buttress of his feet, and at last the huge leaves partly opened. – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  8. However, when they came to see him nearer, and marked the stiffening of his body and the slight toss- up of his head, as he noted the number and the exact character of his guests, their spirits fell again, for he was certainly a broken man, however much he might seek to disguise it. – The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katharine Green
  9. They failed to realize that cowardice was their real keynote, and that the threefold method that they vaunted was quite useless without a stiffening of courage. – Rung Ho! by Talbot Mundy
  10. Still I shrank from the duty before me, and, as I knelt down sorrowfully by the dead form and respectfully composed his stiffening limbs, I thought that it was unjust of fate to place a well- meaning man, whose nerves were not of iron, in such a position. – Stories By English Authors: London by Various
  11. There was no sound, barely a struggle of the convulsively stiffening old muscles, and then, with a push from De Vac, the body lunged forward into the Thames, where a dull splash marked the end of the last hope that Prince Richard might be rescued from the clutches of his Nemesis. – The Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  12. " I ain't standin'- I'm settin'," retorted Wade with rather feeble wit; but the girl noted with satisfaction the quick, fierce spark of anger that leaped to life in his clear hazel eyes, the instant stiffening of his relaxed figure. – Judith of the Cumberlands by Alice MacGowan
  13. Stiffening slightly, Mrs. Tucker turned inquiringly to Mr. Patterson. – On the Frontier by Bret Harte
  14. " No- and there ain't a man on the pay roll we can't do without," Hawkins retorted, his neck stiffening with resentment. – Sawtooth Ranch by B. M. Bower
  15. Everingham, somewhat proud of his own diplomatic skill, had noted, however, a certain stiffening of His Grace's figure at the vision which had been conjured before him. – The Tangled Skein by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  16. So she remained there to continue the struggle, stiffening herself and living on with the one thought of resistance. – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  17. So long did he sit, holding her hand, that at last he was conscious that it was growing cold within his own, and that the stiffening fingers clutched him, as if they were disposed to keep their hold, and not forego the tie that had been so peculiar. – Septimius Felton or, The Elixir of Life by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  18. " This must be a secret," she said through stiffening lips. – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young