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.
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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.The Aeroplane Speaks | H. Barber
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
a place of escape from danger
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