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adjective stiff pronunciation in British English /stɪf/
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  1. 1
    if you are stiff, or if a part of your body is stiff, you feel pain in your muscles and cannot move easily
    Her fingers were getting stiff.
    feel stiff: My leg muscles always feel stiff after a long bike ride.
    stiff neck/back etc: She was suffering from a stiff neck.
  2. 2
    if something that should move easily is stiff, it does not move or operate as easily as you expect
    The drawer was rather stiff, so I pulled at it.
    The hinges of the box were stiff with lack of use.
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  3. 3
    firm and difficult to bend
    a stiff piece of card
    a small stiff brush
    stiff as a board (=extremely stiff): The washing on the line was frozen and stiff as a board.
  4. 4
    a mixture that is stiff is very thick and keeps its shape when you stop mixing it
    stiff paste/dough: Beat in the icing sugar to make a stiff paste.
    beat/whisk something until stiff: Whisk the egg whites until stiff.
  5. 5
    formal and controlled in a way that is not friendly or relaxed
    Her tone was a little stiff, I thought.
    stiff with: His face was stiff with disapproval.
    stiff and awkward: He looked stiff and awkward in his new suit.
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  6. 6
    more severe or difficult than usual
    stiff competition: Jarvis is up against some stiff competition in this race.
    stiff opposition/resistance: The government forces met with stiff resistance in the north.
    stiff fine/penalty/sentence: Those caught breaking the new law face stiff fines.

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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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