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bristle at (something)

To show sudden displeasure or anger at some provocation. I bristled at the suggestion that I trade offices with someone else in the department. He bristled at our criticism of his novel and stormed out of the room.
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bristle with rage

To show sudden anger. I bristled with rage when I saw that someone had hit my car overnight.
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bristle at something

Fig. to show sudden anger or other negative response to something. (Alludes to a dog or cat raising the hair on its back in anger or as a threat.) She bristled at the suggestion. I knew Lily would bristle at the appearance of Max.
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bristle with rage

 and bristle with anger; bristle with indignation
Fig. to demonstrate one's anger, rage, or displeasure with a strong negative response. (Alludes to a dog or cat raising the hair on its back in anger or as a threat.) She was just bristling with anger. I don't know what set her off. Walter bristled with rage as he saw the damage to his new car.
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Special features include advanced deep cleaning bristle technologies, handle designs and materials.
99 Corners and Edges Brush that, like the name says, tackles the nooks and crannies with bristles that reach out almost 90 degrees from the brush base.
The scientists grow bristles from hot, carbon-laden gas on to threads of silicon carbide finer than baby's hair.
The head of the brush should be fairly small and the bristles ideally should be fairly short.
One of the three is a Spanish injection molder that uses industrial scrap from five- and seven-layer barrier packaging film (containing PET, EVA, and LDPE) plus PET bottle flake to extrude monofilament for brush bristles.
Vikan have developed an innovative food industry specific Combi Broom, combining hard and soft bristles.
The compound is notable, the company reports, because it enables the manufacture of higher tensile strength urethane products using less material, a special benefit to applications that require holes for bristles (e.
Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months or sooner if the bristles become worn.
Long bristles along the sides clean fingers top and bottom.
Abrasive-filled bristles are strong enough to provide long life, yet flexible enough to reach tight spots.
On this surface Levin has painted, as if hanging from its handle by the same nail, a hairbrush whose bristles are substituted by nails (though here they are driven into the wooden surface rather than pointing out from it).
Alice Thorne from Burbage, Leicestershire, was having her teeth cleaned by her father when she swallowed bristles from the head of her giraffe-shaped brush.
Phillips and his colleagues inserted a tiny laser, a square millimeter in size, into the head of a toothbrush beneath the bristles.
Traditionally, pig's hair is used for bristles because of its strength.