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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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I fastened my fingers in the bristles at his neck and turned my eyes in the direction that his pointed.
Fore coxa with 2 black bristles at lower edge; sides of mid and hind coxae with yellowish-brown bristly hairs.
Pronotum without bristles at sides, only covered with yellowish-white hairs.
Similar to male, but hind tarsomere 1 without black ventral bristles at base.
Key to species (males) of Chrysotimus from China 1.--Hind tarsomere 1 at most with sparse 2 black bristles at base 1'.--Hind tarsomere 1 with bundle(s) of 10 black ventral bristles at base 2 (1).
The hard bristles at the front remove the debris while the soft bristles at the back sweep up all the dirt, dust and debris whilst preventing it from flicking up in the air.
Oral-B CrossAction--has a variety of bristle types, including specially designed "Power Tip" bristles to reach back teeth and long bristles at the sides to get rid of plaque between teeth.
If your gums are prone to bleeding this toothbrush from Tesco has fairly soft bristles - yet thanks to extended bristles at the tip easily reaches even to the back teeth.
Holding your brush with the bristles at a 45-degree angle to the gum line is strongly recommended.