- a large, heavy, single-edged knife or machete for hacking, used in the Philippines and by the U.S. Army.
Origin of bolo1
- a soldier who does not meet the minimum standards of marksmanship.
- to fail to meet the minimum standards of marksmanship.
Origin of bolo2
Related Words for bolobayonet, dagger, blade, sword, skewer, machete, sickle, cutter, scalpel, knife, lance, steel, shank, point, edge, cutlass, sabre, switchblade, scythe, bolo
Examples from the Web for bolo
Contemporary Examples of bolo
Shulman said he learned about the existence of a BOLO list, a police term for “be on the lookout for,” in the spring of 2012.More Heat Than Light in Senate’s IRS Hearing
May 22, 2013
Then rumors swirled Wednesday that Dutschke had skipped town, and the cops had a BOLO (be on the lookout) for his van.Paul Kevin Curtis and J. Everett Dutschke: Epic Feud and Ricin Letters
April 25, 2013
In his bolo tie and cowboy hat, Coleman was not afraid to offer this un-PC lyric: “Hey Indian dude … don’t cope a ‘tude.”Harry Potter Hip-Hop
July 13, 2011
Historical Examples of bolo
Always on the alert, his bolo was ready in an instant, but there was no need for it.
Bravely he descended, but this time he swam with his bolo in his hand.
Nothing but the bolo and the bow and arrows that he always took.The Wonder Island Boys: The Tribesmen
The first soldier who was struck with a bolo had his head cut off at one blow.A Soldier in the Philippines
Needom N. Freeman
Quentina was at the Bolo station; so, too, was Susie Billings.The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch
Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
- a large single-edged knife, originating in the Philippines
Word Origin for bolo
"traitor," 1917, from Paul Bolo, French adventurer shot for treason April 17, 1918; used in World War I with reference to pacifist propagandists; later somewhat assimilated to Bolshevik (q.v.).