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Stiff Necked

Posted by R. Berg on November 13, 2002

In Reply to: Stiff Necked posted by A.R.Duncan on November 13, 2002

: In usage, stiff necked seems to mean stubborn, but why?

From driving horses; a horse that won't turn its head in response to a tug on the rein is hard to direct. An obsolete meaning of "stiff-necked" describes such a horse (Oxford English Dictionary).

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