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 for To bristle up
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bristle \Bris"tle\, v. i.
     1. To rise or stand erect, like bristles.
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              His hair did bristle upon his head.   --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     2. To appear as if covered with bristles; to have standing,
        thick and erect, like bristles.
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              The hill of La Haye Sainte bristling with ten
              thousand bayonets.                    --Thackeray.
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              Ports bristling with thousands of masts. --Macaulay.
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     3. To show defiance or indignation.
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     To bristle up, to show anger or defiance.
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