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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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The synthetic bristles work really well with water-based paints, and the set includes brushes of four different sizes.
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The head of the toothbrush should be fairly small and the bristles should ideally be fairly short too.
This shorthand indicates that there is one dorsocentral bristle anterior to the transverse suture on the mesoscutum and three dorsocentral bristles behind the suture.
WE are planning to paint two bedrooms and our hallway but I get really fed up with using paintbrushes that lose their bristles.
Furthermore, there are clusters of bristles around one side surface of small bump which towards the clamp of the pincer and the direction of growth of the bristle is also same with the clamp.
They further state that the toothbrush provides a bi-level bristle design and its soft, tapered bristles are gentle on gums and oral tissue.
The Expert Anti-Bacterial Brushes include built-in Silver additives that release silver ions to help the bristle surface inhibit bacterial growth for up to 3 months the recommended time for a toothbrush to be changed.
The 84-inch sweeper attachment includes a floating bristle head, directdrive motor, solid-mounted hood and optional wheel kit and gutter brush accessories
Because the cleaner is inside the brush and because it comes out through the bristle area, it helps to keep the bristles clean and fresh," said Michael Silverman, vice president of marketing for Butler.
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3M's Radial Bristle Disc cleans, deburrs and finishes metal parts.