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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 anger

To react with sudden anger. I bristled with anger when I found out that we had lost the deal.
See also: anger, bristle

bristle with indignation

To react with sudden anger or resentment. I bristled with indignation when she suggested that I let her take over the project.
See also: bristle, indignation

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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Hedgehog lacks the bald segments that normally intervene between bristled segments, giving larvae an especially furry appearance, while shaven baby lacks bristles altogether.