Definition of have shot one's bolt in English:

have shot one's bolt

  • informal Have done all that is in one’s power: Jean had shot her bolt as far as her Italian was concerned
    More example sentences
    • You can put it down to lack of expertise in playing over five days, a woeful shortage of staying power or, quite simply, they had shot their bolt.
    • We have shot our bolt and couldn't now take similar action elsewhere, even if this were desirable.
    • I had waited all these years for him to slip up and now he has shot his bolt.
See parent entry: bolt

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space