At one time he’d thought that was what he’d wanted –the continuity and security of island life. Now that he was faced with the possibility, he wasn’t so certain. Wouldn’t it bore him rigid? Source: Raven Black by Ann Cleeves Context: Inspector Perez is contemplating about returning to his place of birth, Fair Isle, Shetland. He fancied himself as a farmer but feared that life in some forgotten backwater would bore him rigid, and he knew that .... Source: Jack of Hearts by Jane Backer What does bore him rigid mean? force him to become or make him rigid? Glossary: bore: to force (an opening), as through a crowd, by persistent forward thrusting (usually fol. by through or into); to force or make (a passage). Thank you.