a face covered with bristles
the bristles of a brush Verb
Electricity makes your hair bristle.
a recent college grad thrilled to be starting a new life in a city bristling with possibilities
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The former is kind of like your usual blow-dryer brush: the device uses heated air and its mix of pins, synthetic bristles, and boar bristles to dry hair while smoothing, detangling, and polishing strands.—Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 14 Nov. 2023 The tri-colored handle is made from lacquered wood, and its soft bristles will make brow grooming a breeze.—Bellamy Richardson, wsj.com, 8 Nov. 2023 The bristles smooth strands and reduce frizz leaving your hair bouncy and full.—Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 The $18 implement, made by the hair-tool brand FHI Heat, looks like a regular paddle brush, but with its rear panel removed so that air can flow through its perforated sheet of plastic bristles.—Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 25 Oct. 2023 For difficult-to-remove mold, scrub with a bristle brush.—Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2023 Most dentists recommend switching out your toothbrush every three months to ensure that the bristles are not damaged or frayed.—Danielle Zoellner, Verywell Health, 18 Oct. 2023 The stick vacuum’s bristles dive deep to remove dirt and release even the finest dust from your floors, and its motorbar cleaner head can deep clean, which makes picking up both pet hair and human hair simple.—Dhara Patel, Peoplemag, 13 Oct. 2023 The bristles covering each animal are coated in proteins that can cause rashes or eye irritation in humans.—Victoria Sayo Turner, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Sep. 2023
Paul Matthews is a fiercely memorable loser, a sad sack who bristles with recognizably Cageian energy.—Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2023 In fact, as Afrobeats’ profile has grown, he’s bristled at broad catchall genre terms to characterize music from throughout Africa, arguing for less reductive treatment.—Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, 26 Oct. 2023 China has bristled at the United States for escalating sanctions with new restrictions on U.S. investments in its high-tech sector, including its semiconductor and microelectronics industries, and considers many of its punitive actions against American firms to be proportional countermoves.—Karoun Demirjian, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2023 That dynamic didn’t sit well with Wineman, who bristled at any critique of his work, says editor David Kittredge.—Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 2 Nov. 2023 For his part, Mr. Netanyahu has bristled at Mr. Biden’s efforts to negotiate a new nuclear agreement with Iran, seeing it as foolhardy.—Peter Baker, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2023 Beijing has long bristled at the U.S. military aircraft and ships that operate in international skies and seas near China.—Chris Buckley, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2023 Some have bristled at the pressure applied by allies of Jordan, who has deep ties to the party’s conservative base and is backed by former President Donald Trump.—WSJ, 18 Oct. 2023 Foreign companies and governments have bristled at some of the CHIPS Act provisions, which also include requirements to use union labor, provide affordable childcare and share excessive profits with the U.S. government.—Lionel Lim, Fortune, 16 Oct. 2023 See More
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Middle English bristil, from brust bristle, from Old English byrst; akin to Old High German burst bristle, and perhaps to Latin fastigium top