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Bristle up   /brˈɪsəl əp/   Listen
Bristle up

Show anger or indignation.  Synonyms: bridle at, bridle up, bristle at.

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"Bristle up" Quotes from Famous Books

... cocks or Filipino cocks. Afterwards, they hold them up in sight of each other, close together, so that each of the enraged little creatures may see who it is that has pulled out a feather, and with whom he must fight. Their neck-feathers bristle up as they gaze at each other fixedly with flashes of anger darting from their little round eyes. Now the moment has come; the attendants place them on the ground a short distance apart and leave ...
— The Social Cancer - A Complete English Version of Noli Me Tangere • Jose Rizal

... Cochise getting out of hand? All the time it's harder to hold him. He's beginning to bristle up ...
— Bloom of Cactus • Robert Ames Bennet

... seemed strange to my eye when I wrote it," said Sir Nigel. "They bristle up together like a clump of lances. We must break their ranks and set them farther apart. The word is 'that.' Now I will read it to you, Alleyne, and you shall write it out fair; for we leave Bordeaux this day, and it would be ...
— The White Company • Arthur Conan Doyle

Words linked to "Bristle up" :   mind, bridle up

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