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ˈbrɪs əlbris·tle

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Princeton's WordNet2.7 / 16 votes

  1. bristlenoun

    a stiff fiber (coarse hair or filament); natural or synthetic

  2. bristleverb

    a stiff hair

  3. abound, burst, bristleverb

    be in a state of movement or action

    "The room abounded with screaming children"; "The garden bristled with toddlers"

    break open, split, abound, uprise, bust, collapse, explode, stand up, break, erupt, burst

  4. bristle, uprise, stand upverb

    rise up as in fear

    "The dog's fur bristled"; "It was a sight to make one's hair uprise!"

    rise, grow, get up, stand, ascend, lift, hold up, stand up, hold water, arise, develop, resurrect, go up, come up, spring up, abound, originate, burst, stick up, place upright, move up, uprise, turn out

  5. bristleverb

    have or be thickly covered with or as if with bristles

    "bristling leaves"

    stand up, abound, uprise, burst

  6. bristleverb

    react in an offended or angry manner

    "He bristled at her suggestion that he should teach her how to use the program"

    stand up, abound, uprise, burst

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  1. Brendan McPhillips:

    You've got to campaign everywhere and talk to everybody, some progressives bristle at this. I am not suggesting you ignore at all the persuasion work that needs to be done to engage your base, but you can't ignore rural parts of the state when you are running statewide. So, you need to show up.

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    An antonym for "disparage"
    A blandish
    B belittle
    C diminish
    D minimize

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