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    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am on the right track by interpretation of the adjective in bold in the sentence below?

    “President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia greeted his future American counterpart, Senator Barack Obama, with bristling language on Wednesday, promising to place short-range missiles on Russia’s western border if Washington proceeded with its planned missile defense system in Eastern Europe.”

    Knowing the meaning of the verb “bristle”, namely “react in an offended or angry manner” I suppose that “bristling” (a) = “angry”, “rough”

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    Re: bristling

    I would suggest that "bristling" here means "stiff, rigidly formal"

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    Re: bristling

    I think it is more aggressive than that. An animal bristling is making its fur stand on end in order to outface an opponent - think of a cat with its back fur standing on end and its tail all bushed out, or an angry dog with its back fur standing up.

    The Russian president is showing strength, resistance and possibly aggression.


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