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[bohlt-hohl] /ˈboʊltˌhoʊl/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The fact that the bolt-hole in the catch is empty also tells the same story.

  • 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.

  • Drift, in mechanics, a piece of steel or iron used to back a bolt, or to widen a bolt-hole.

  • Harper came out of the bolt-hole when Carol, her voice shaky with relief, told him it was safe.

    Planet of Dread Murray Leinster
  • "Perhaps there's another way out--a sort of bolt-hole," suggested Selwyn.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • There are the two holes at the ends where the doors turned on their pivots, and the bolt-hole in the middle.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • When she comes out again it is as a rabbit comes from a bolt-hole when a ferret is just behind.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds

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