[ bohlt-hohl ]

  1. a hole in the ground, protected opening in bushes, etc., into which an animal can flee when pursued or frightened.

  2. 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

Words Nearby bolt-hole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bolt-hole in a sentence

  • 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.

  • 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
  • One of these billets was split, and a splinter of curious shape had partially entered a bolt hole.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate | Freeman Wills Crofts

British Dictionary definitions for bolt hole

bolt hole

  1. a place of escape from danger

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