Mike Huckabee says she “glamorizes” out-of-wedlock pregnancy and critics are bristling over her starry-eyed view of motherhood.
The National Rifle Association was always there bristling on the barricades of opposition.
Security guards stand about, bristling with straps and guns and billy clubs.
Seeing the high indifference of this small, bristling stranger, the ram stepped up and was just about to sniff at him inquiringly.
"See you in Guinea first," muttered Bandy-legs, bristling up.
He was a small man with a rasping voice and sharp nose, while the bristling growth about his chin was red and his hair brown.
Ah, that beautiful and mysterious shore, all bristling with rocks!
Here was a sentiment concocted of pity and anger as well as of admiration, and bristling with scruples and doubts and fears.
Slowly, slowly, the bristling ball straightened out and lengthened.
He had evidently prepared his speech carefully, it was bristling with innuendoes; sneering side-hits at strange sins.
Old English byrst "bristle," with metathesis of -r-, from Proto-Germanic *bursti- (cf. Middle Dutch borstel, German borste), from PIE *bhrsti- from root *bhars- "point, bristle" (cf. Sanskrit bhrstih "point, spike"). With -el, diminutive suffix.
c.1200 (implied in past participle adjective bristled) "set or covered with bristles," from bristle (n.). Meaning "become angry or excited" is 1540s, from the way animals show fight. Related: Bristling.