stiff neck

noun

Definition of stiff neck

1a : fibrositis of the neck muscles
2a : a proud or stubborn person : one with a haughty bearing
b : obstinacy I know thy rebellion and thy stiff neck — Deuteronomy 31:27 (Authorized Version)

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“Stiff neck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stiff%20neck. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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