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bristle

noun

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(Entry 1 of 2)

a thin, flexible structure that resembles a hair
  • a hairbrush with plastic bristles

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bristle

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of bristle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to be copiously supplied
  • a recent college grad thrilled to be starting a new life in a city bristling with possibilities

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2 to express one's anger usually violently
  • the man bristled at the accusation, and threatened to file a lawsuit

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The first known use of bristle was in the 14th century

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“Bristle.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bristle. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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