- a hole in the ground, protected opening in bushes, etc., into which an animal can flee when pursued or frightened.
- a place or avenue of escape or refuge: The remote mountain village was a safe bolt-hole for refugees during the war.
Origin of bolt-hole
First recorded in 1830–40
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Examples from the Web for bolt-hole
The fact that the bolt-hole in the catch is empty also tells the same story.Shelters, Shacks and Shanties
Like rabbits, they frequently make a bolt-hole, by which they may escape from an intruder.The Story of the Hills
H. N. Hutchinson
He scuttled through the tortuous windings of the burrow, and through a bolt-hole to the open air.Lives of the Fur Folk
M. D. Haviland
A bolt-hole should be of a size to enable the bolt to be pushed in, or, at any rate, not more than gently tapped in.The Aeroplane Speaks
Drift, in mechanics, a piece of steel or iron used to back a bolt, or to widen a bolt-hole.