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bristling

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrɪslɪŋ
 
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Definition of bristling in English:

adjective

1(Especially of hair) short, stiff, and spiky: a bristling beard
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  • The body is covered by thick long fur with a brown patch of bristling hair.
  • His fingertips touched the bristling hair on the dog's neck.
  • A burly man who seemed to be all bristling black hair thumped Sam on the shoulder.
2Aggressively brisk or tense: he fills the screen with a restless, bristling energy
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  • The success of the exhibit was further evidence of the bristling energy and dynamism of Houston's art scene.
  • The bristling energy has been turned inward, resulting in an unprecedented illusion of warmth.
  • Accordingly, the bristling argument for Shelley's misinterpreted morality spawns an even more daring reclamation.

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