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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.
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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 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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"You may trust me for that, sir," he added, quite unnecessarily, out of the fulness of his heart; for it seemed to him an excellent thing to have that man in hand to be thrown down to the public should it think fit to roar with any special indignation in this case.
Indignation, the sense of moral insecurity engendered by such a treacherous proceeding joined to the immediate apprehension of a broken neck, would, in the colloquial phrase, put him in a state.
With amazement and indignation in his face, he looked at Mrs.
Glenarm roused your indignation, and you hesitated at giving an answer.
LAHORE -- Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Tuesday expressed strong indignation over the incidents of death of some accused due to alleged torture in police custody.
RAWALPINDI -- People of Chaklala Scheme III have expressed indignation at heaps of garbage in their posh locality.
LAHORE -- Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar Sunday expressed strong indignation over not issuance of funds for students studying in China on scholarships well in time and sought a report from the secretary Higher Education Department.
The protesters let loose their indignation by pelting police with stones when they found the police station's main gate closed.
The ultimate indignation and one that should pain the Old Trafford faithful.
ISLAMABAD -- Prime Minister Imran Khan says the truth of saying of French economist Frederic Bastiat is reflected clearly in the way money launderers are treated and the way they behave with indignation when questioned.
The truth of this saying is reflected clearly in the way money launderers are treated and the way they behave with indignation when questioned.
ARYNEWS ISLAMABAD Criticizing corrupts, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that money launderers behaved with indignation when questioned.
ISLAMABAD:Prime Minister Imran Khan, while citing French economist Frederic Bastiat, on Sunday said that the money launderers behaved with indignation when they were questioned.The prime minister, in a tweet, shared the saying of the renowned economist, who said, "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.
During regular question time in the French Senate, Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told Senators that there was "global indignation" over Sotoudeh's case and France shares in this indignation.