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"bristle" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈbrɪs.l̩/
[C] a ​short, ​stiffhair, usually one of many: The ​old woman had a few ​grey bristles ​sprouting from her ​chin. [C or U] The bristles of a ​brush are the ​stiffhairs or ​pieces of ​plastic that are ​connected to it: The ​bestquality men's ​shavingbrushes are made from ​badger bristle. My ​toothbrush has ​blue and ​whiteplastic bristles.
adjective uk   us   /ˈbrɪ
He had ​furryeyebrows and bristly (= ​short, ​sticking up)hair.


uk   us   /ˈbrɪs.l̩/

bristle verb (HAIR)

[I] (of ​hair) to ​stand up: The cat's ​fur bristled and it ​archedits back.

bristle verb (REACT ANGRILY)

to ​reactangrily: She bristled at the ​suggestion that she had in any way ​neglected the ​child.
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(Definition of bristle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bristle" in American English

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bristlenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈbrɪs·əl/
a ​short, ​stiffhair: [C usually pl] The ​oldbrush had ​lost most of ​its bristles.

bristleverb [I]

 us   /ˈbrɪs·əl/
(of ​hairs) to ​stand up because of ​fear or ​anger, or (of ​people) to show ​anger: The cat’s ​fur bristled. She bristles at ​injustice.
adjective  us   /ˈbrɪs·li/
a bristly ​chin
(Definition of bristle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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