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Synonyms for bristle

stand up

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be angry

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abound

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to be abundantly filled or richly supplied

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a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament)

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a stiff hair

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be in a state of movement or action

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rise up as in fear

have or be thickly covered with or as if with bristles

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react in an offended or angry manner

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Finally, when the cabman, all top-heavy and bristling, had staggered off up the garden path, there emerged in a very leisurely way from the cab a big, powerfully built young man, with a bull pup under one arm and a pink sporting paper in his hand.
She chattered and screamed, and scolded down at the bristling, tooth-gnashing circle that had gathered beneath.
Jerry barked intimidatingly at those that came closest, bristling his neck and making a ferocious simulation of an efficient protector of the white god who stood beside him.
At such times, confronted by three sets of savage teeth, the young wolf stopped precipitately, throwing himself back on his haunches, with fore-legs stiff, mouth menacing, and mane bristling.
This he resented, and when she stood shoulder to shoulder with him, bristling and showing her teeth, the aspiring solitary ones would back off, turn-tail, and continue on their lonely way.
His rather pugged nose seemed to revolt from contact with a bristling moustache of short, wire-like hairs.
They closed in upon her, snarling and yelping, and she was buried, screaming with agony, beneath the bristling mass of bodies.
But no matter how Spitz circled, Joe whirled around on his heels to face him, mane bristling, ears laid back, lips writhing and snarling, jaws clipping together as fast as he could snap, and eyes diabolically gleaming--the incarnation of belligerent fear.
And saw it also, with hair bristling, its head upwards, trembling in the stillest midnight, when even dogs believe in ghosts: