Bristle vs seeing red vs getting heated


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Hello. I have gathered three expressions that convey the sense that one is angry, and they are: 1. (one) bristles at ____; 2. (one) is seeing red; and 3. (one) is getting heated about _____.

Could you list them in order of how angry the person is? I personally think 2. is angrier than 1, which is in turn angrier than 3. I would like to hear your thoughts.
  • JamesM

    Senior Member
    Well, they're not exactly on a scale to me because they are different types of anger. When someone bristles at something it is an immediate intense reaction and may only be brief. Someone who is getting heated about something is increasing in frustration or anger. Someone who is seeing red is absolutely insane with anger and may not even be rational.
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