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  1. A person who leaves (especially a restaurant) without paying the bill.
  2. An average person, usually male, of no particular distinction, skill, or education, often a working or lucky .
A Working Stiff's Manifesto: A Memoir of Thirty Jobs I Quit, Nine That Fired Me, and Three I Can't Remember was published in 2003.
  1. A person who is deceived, as a mark or pigeon in a swindle.
She convinced the to go to her hotel room, where her henchman was waiting to rob him.
  1. (slang) A cadaver, a dead person.
  2. A person who leaves (especially a restaurant) without paying the bill.
  • French: macchabée
  • German: Zechpreller (1) , Steifer (2)
  1. To fail to pay money one owes, especially by departing hastily.
Realizing he had forgotten his wallet, he stiffed the taxi driver when the cab stopped for a red light.
  1. (rfv-sense) To tip ungenerously.
    • 1946, William Foote Whyte, Industry and Society, page 129
    • : We asked one girl to explain how she felt when she was "stiffed." She said, You think of all the work you've done and how you've tried to please them".
    • 2007, Mary Higgins Clark, I Heard That Song Before, page 154
    • : Then he stiffed the waiter with a cheap tip.
      1. (rfv-sense) To cheat someone.
    • 1992, Stephen Birmingham, Shades of Fortune, page 451
    • : You see, poor Nonie really was stiffed by Adolph in his will. He really stiffed her, Rose, and I really wanted to right that wrong.
    1. Of an object, rigid, hard to bend, inflexible.
    2. (context, figuratively) Of policies and rules and their application and enforcement, inflexible.
    3. Of a person, formal in behavior, unrelaxed.
    4. (colloquial) harsh, Harsh, severe.
    He was eventually caught, and given a fine.
    1. Of muscles, or parts of the body, painful, as a result of excessive, or unaccustomed excercise.
    My legs are after climbing that hill yesterday.
    • German: steif, starr
    Etymology: stif, stÄf, from (proto, Germanic, stifaz), from (proto, Indo-European, stÄpos) ( compare (term, stipare)).

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