One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘Curtis smoothed the bristles on his chin’
stubble, designer stubble, five o'clock shadow
2‘a hedgehog's bristles’
prickle, spine, quill, thorn, barb
1‘Corbett sensed menace and malevolence, and the hair on the back of his neck bristled’
rise, stand up, stand on end
2‘she swivelled round, bristling at his tone’
get angry, become infuriated, be furious, be maddened, bridle, become indignant, be irritated, get one's hackles up, have one's hackles up, feel one's hackles rise, rear up, draw oneself up, flare up, see red
take offence, take umbrage
3‘the roof bristled with antennae’
abound, swarm, teem, crawl, overflow, hum, be alive, be packed, be crowded, be thronged, be jammed, be infested, be full, be covered
informal be thick, be crawling, be lousy, be stuffed, be jam-packed, be chock-a-block, be chock-full
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