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stiffen something up

to make something rigid or tense. He added a little starch to the rinse water to stiffen his collars up a bit. The cold draft has stiffened up my neck.
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stiffen up

to become stiff. The bread dough stiffened up as it got cold. My knees began to stiffen up after I sat still for an hour.
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Unlike previous types of surgical treatment for snoring, the Pillar implants stiffen the soft palate without heating or removing tissue.
893, legislation to stiffen penalties for the reproduction or distribution of 50 or more copies of copyrighted computer programs during a 180-day period.
The shelf's front lip also stiffens the shelfi and masks the hollow section and the fluorescent light fixture mounted to the underside.
1 m, : - Slope of the downstream face as variable profiles to strengthen and stiffen in place; : - Total length works about 1 200 ml : - 40 000 mA excavation / fill 73,000 mA.
Therefore, the House's efforts to stiffen penalties against employers hiring illegal workers can help shut off the job magnet that lures millions of immigrants to enter the U.
A) joints to stiffen, irritating surrounding muscles.
Adsorbed molecules stiffen a bubble by forming a shield on its surface, Liger-Belair says.
Stachelberg said that HRC would use Ashcroft's decision as fuel in its lobbying efforts for the Local Law Enforce ment Enhancement Act, a sweeping federal bill that would stiffen penalties for crimes based on sexual orientation, gender, and disability--all of which are currently absent from federal hate-crimes law.
ProCut's patented technology uses a very thin guillotine blade, which is kept under tension to stiffen it.
Cyclic olefins are also being investigated as a blending ingredient to stiffen polyolefin films.
The French data complement his own lab's finding that a few drops of moisture, in this case oil, will dramatically stiffen a liter of granular materials.
The Pillar implants, together with the body's natural fibrotic response to the Pillar Procedure, stiffen and add structural support to the soft palate, which effectively reduces or eliminates the palatal tissue flutter that causes snoring and/or collapse that can obstruct the upper airway and cause OSA.
Its seed heads stiffen into effective burrs only when the biennial plant dies and dries out.
Other senators have consented to shepherd Knight's package of 24 bills, which includes a measure that would require courts to put in writing their reasons for ordering child support and another that would stiffen prison sentences for people who evade police.