bristle at (something)

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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 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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2 : to show signs of anger <The judge bristled at the reminder of her stupidity.
If your customer truly bristled at your colleague's remarks, it may have been helpful for you to try to defuse the situation on the spot.