Share this entry

bolthole Line breaks: bolt|hole
Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊlthəʊl/

Definition of bolthole in English:


1A place where a person can escape and hide: he thought of Antwerp as a possible bolthole
More example sentences
  • We now have more than 500 members from 35 countries worldwide and many of them see the club as a unique bolthole where they can shelter from the public eye.
  • One day, I will have a flat there as a bolthole for an occasional escape from everything.
  • He and his friends had been down in their strip-lit bolthole for weeks, toiling selflessly day and night.
2chiefly British A hole or burrow by which a rabbit or other wild animal can escape.
Example sentences
  • Basc is openly in favour of fox-hunting, shooting hares, flushing foxes out of their boltholes, rabbiting and other animal-unfriendly activities.
  • The rabbits were scattering for their boltholes, thumping the ground as they ran so as to warn those still below ground that they should remain there.
  • The underground boltholes of the nocturnal creatures have been identified almost one mile away from the heart of Treacle Town.

Words that rhyme with bolthole

stokehole • loophole

Definition of bolthole in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day doofus
Pronunciation: ˈduːfʌs
a stupid person