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Definition of bristle:

  1. A short, stiff, coarse hair, as on the back of swine.
  2. A stiff, sharp, roundish hair.
  3. To appear as if covered with bristles; to have standing, thick and erect, like bristles.
  4. To erect the bristles of; to cause to stand up, as the bristles of an angry hog; - sometimes with up.
  5. To fix a bristle to; as, to bristle a thread.
  6. To rise or stand erect, like bristles.
  7. To show defiance or indignation.

Synonyms:

hold water, collapse, stand, flare up, abound, explode, swarm, place upright, bust, arise, ascend, flow, resurrect, anger, move up, grow, rise, split, rich, break open, erupt, stand up, burn, uprise, get up, crawl, big, originate, overflow, fume, teem, hold up, stick up, foam, go up, burst, pullulate, come up, steam, blow up, turn out, spring up, break, boil over, seethe, lift, rage, develop, feelings.

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