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  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.
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Origin of bolt-hole

First recorded in 1830–40
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for bolt-hole

Historical Examples

  • The fact that the bolt-hole in the catch is empty also tells the same story.

    Shelters, Shacks and Shanties

    D.C. Beard

  • 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.