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b ri suhl

  • n  a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic
  • n  a stiff hair
  • v  be in a state of movement or action
    The garden bristled with toddlers
  • v  rise up as in fear
    The dog's fur bristled
  • v  have or be thickly covered with or as if with bristles
  • v  react in an offended or angry manner
    He bristled at her suggestion that he should teach her how to use the program

  • Of course, the mere suggestion that the Atkins diet and others like it are worthy of scientific attention still makes many experts bristle.
  • A polyglot former foreign ministry worker with a blond bristle of a moustache, he spent much of his career working in the Russian Embassy in Turkey.
  • British soldiers during the Crimean War gained a fearsome respect for their fearsomely foliaged Turkish allies, and many of those who survived proudly bore a bristle back home.
News & Articles

  • Quenneville in rare Chicago coaching air
    Joins Halas, Jackson, Chance as only men to lead one team to multiple titles BOSTON — He is in the pantheon now, making his case for a cigar-chomping, bristle-lipped place alongside the greatest coaches to lead the greatest teams in Chicago sports history.        
    June 25, 2013 - Chicago Tribune
  • Buy-and-Hold is Dead .... Long Live Buy-and-Hold
    In recent years, buy-and-hold has suffered its share of slings and arrows by those with novel theories. As an income investor, I bristle at the impertinence.
    June 24, 2013 - Wyatt Investment Research via Yahoo! Finance
  • Three Ways Brush Factories Are Surviving In America
    The cheapest place to make brushes these days is China. But there are still people pressing bristles into brushes in a factory in the Bronx, and in small plants across the country.
    June 21, 2013 - NPR

  • Mike Pence in Miramichi Leader
    As much as the president might bristle about the term ...... it's really hard to argue that this isn'ta fundamental transformation of our economy to look more like European-style socialism,Pence concluded.
  • Barack Obama in Minneapolis Star Tribune
    There are some who bristle at the notion that faith has a place in the public square,Obama said. "But the fact is leaders in both parties have recognized the value of a partnership between the White House and faith-based groups."
  • Edgar Wright in Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
    The one word that we bristle at is `spoof,'said Wright, whose first film was a loving homage to the zombie classic "Dawn of the Dead"; with "Hot Fuzz," he takes on the cop genre. "And only because unfortunately `spoof' seems to have become...

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