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bristling (comparative more bristling, superlative most bristling)

  1. Having bristles.
  2. Showing anger.
    • 2011 January 15, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham 0 - 0 Man Utd”, in BBC[1]:
      Tottenham had hoped to make a statement of real intent against the title pace-setters and while manager Harry Redknapp did not secure the victory he craved, he at least saw his side match United every stride of the way in a game that fizzled out after a bristling start.



  1. present participle of bristle


bristling (plural bristlings)

  1. The act of one who bristles.
    • 1906, Jack London, White Fang
      When dogs fight, there are usually preliminaries to the actual combat — snarlings and bristlings and stiff-legged struttings. But White Fang learned to omit these preliminaries.