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- 1. thorny, difficult (vs. easy), hard
- usage: bristling with perplexities; "the thorny question of states' rights"
- 2. barbed, barbellate, briary, briery, bristled, bristly, burred, burry, prickly, setose, setaceous, spiny, thorny, armed (vs. unarmed)
- usage: having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.; "a horse with a short bristly mane"; "bristly shrubs"; "burred fruits"; "setaceous whiskers"
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