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bristle

2 verb
     
bristle2 [intransitive]
1 to behave in a way that shows you are very angry or annoyed
bristle with rage/indignation etc
John pushed back his chair, bristling with rage.
bristle at
He bristled at her rudeness.
2HBA if an animal's hair bristles, it stands up stiffly because the animal is afraid or angry

bristle with something

phrasal verb
to have a lot of something or be full of something:
a battleship bristling with guns
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