bridle at (someone or something)

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bridle at (someone or something)

To show that one has been offended, displeased, or angered by someone or something. Of course I bridled at his condescending tone—I'm the president of a major corporation!
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bridle at someone or something

Fig. to show that one is offended by someone or something. She bridled at the suggestion that she should go. Tony bridled at Max. Max was going to have to be dealt with.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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