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noun as in short, prickly hair

verb as in become upset, excited

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To protect delicate hardwood, look for a model that lets you turn off the brush or has specially designed soft bristles.

Those tiny wire bristles can break off, stick onto the grill, and wind up in your food, which winds up in your body, which winds up in the hospital.

Scrub the outside of the shoes thoroughly, taking care to get the bristles into fabric sections to clear dirt out of the mesh.

Her bristles about the press and her image don’t always lack merit.

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This Bissell carpet cleaner has a powerbrush that has ten rows of bristles designed to loosen dirt and odors in combination with a cleaning solution, before sucking them into a waste tank.

Americans tend to bristle even at self-censorship; we are reluctant to declare that we simply are not going to look at something.

And they bristle too at the notion that they had some kind of personal enmity toward the president.

She continued to bristle at being associated with the Mafia because of her father.

Her woefully neglected novels still bristle with wit and insight.

While a normal person would bristle at such obvious red flags, our girls ran like bulls towards love.

Even the roofs of the houses bristle with pigeon-lofts and artful-looking structures for the capture of wandering birds.

To whom the prophetess, seeing his neck now bristle with horrid snakes, flings a soporific cake of honey and medicated grain.

De time wuz w'en folks had a mighty slim chance fer ter git bristle, en dey aint no tellin' w'en dat time gwine come ag'in.

His mask is brown, cut off above the upper lip, over which a pair of short moustachios bristle.

In crescent formation the dense black cloud swept on—in dead silence—a phalanx of shields, a perfect bristle of assegais.


On this page you'll find 49 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to bristle, such as: barb, feeler, fiber, point, prickle, and quill.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.