Security guards stand about, bristling with straps and guns and billy clubs.
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.
Seeing the high indifference of this small, bristling stranger, the ram stepped up and was just about to sniff at him inquiringly.
The long pikes were lowered, steadied, held in bristling line.
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.
A monitor passed, bristling with guns and painted a vivid green.
Here was a sentiment concocted of pity and anger as well as of admiration, and bristling with scruples and doubts and fears.
“Madame had better put on her hat at once,” he added, bristling with authority.
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.