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Definition of bristle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bristle
    he / she / it bristles
    past simple bristled
    -ing form bristling
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  1. 1[intransitive] bristle (with something) (at something) to suddenly become very annoyed or offended at what someone says or does His lies made her bristle with rage.
  2. 2[intransitive] (of an animal's fur) to stand up on the back and neck because the animal is frightened or angry
  3. Phrasal Verbsbristle with something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bristle

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