an outsider in a contest or race
history an escaped convict; bushranger
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How to use bolter in a sentence
After The bolter was first published in the U.K., a woman wrote to me from Canada.
The bolter by Frances Osborne gave me a wicked summer weekend read.
"Well, so far as I can see, bolter has not been running away," he said thoughtfully.Queensland Cousins | Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
Leon bolter was made a first assistant engineer, and Fred Faggs the second.Within The Enemy's Lines | Oliver Optic
Whenever he spoke, again, Morris bolter—quite as instantly, just as visibly and as audibly—was there upon the platform.Charles Dickens as a Reader | Charles Kent