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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BRISTLE

Pete bristled—as much as a fat man could bristle on so hot a day.

How was he to know that this thing that sniffed was a thing at which to bristle?

The whole place, behind the fence, appeared to bristle and resound.

The mane on his back began to bristle, and I knew that I had but a small second in which to act.

Hill began to bristle and to look around in search of the one who had spoken.

Unless he does this, the South will bristle with bayonets in vain.

The hempen string began to bristle like the hair of one electrified.

A statement which seems to me now not to bristle with logic.

I push on the end of the hog's bristle, which continues to invest the polype.

It is not a text-book, nor does it bristle with technical terms.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English byrst "bristle," with metathesis of -r-, from Proto-Germanic *bursti- (cf. Middle Dutch borstel, German borste), from PIE *bhrsti- from root *bhars- "point, bristle" (cf. Sanskrit bhrstih "point, spike"). With -el, diminutive suffix.

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