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What is another word for prickly?

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Covered in barbs, thorns or prickles
“I liked the stealthy hiding part, often choosing the excellent cover provided by a set of prickly Pyracantha bushes in a neighboring yard.”
Having or causing a tingling or itching sensation
“It's this so-called bronchial constriction that creates the tight, prickly sensation in your chest, and aerobic exercise only compounds the problem.”
Requiring great skill or finesse in handling or treatment
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“Perhaps movie-makers see it as a prickly subject, limp as a film theme, a let-down for audiences.”
Having a tendency to be easily annoyed or angered
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“Eventually, they cohabited and married, but things were never that simple for the prickly couple who were both too independent to settle easily into married life.”
Covered with hair or bristles
Causing physical discomfort or pain
Resembling a knife or its effects
Not easy to please or satisfy
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