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Bolt

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An arrow, a shaft (Anglo-Saxon, bolta; Danish, bolt; Greek, ballo, to cast; Latin, pello, to drive). A door bolt is a shaft of wood or iron, which may be shot or driven forward to secure a door. A thunderbolt is an hypothetical shaft cast from the elouds; an aerolite. Cupid’s bolt is Cupid’s arrow.

The fool’s bolt is soon spent. A foolish archer shoots all his arrows so heedlessly that he leaves himself no resources in case of need.

I must bolt. Be off like an arrow.

To bolt food. To swallow it quickly without waiting to chew it.

To bolt out the truth. To blurt it out; also To bolt out, to exclude or shut out by bolting the door.

To bolt. To sift, as flour is bolted. This has a different derivation to the above (Low Latin, bult-ella, a boulter, from an Old French word for coarse cloth).

“I cannot bolt this matter to the bran,

As Bradwarden and holy Austin can.”


Dryden’s version of the Cock and Fox.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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