Definition of have shot one's bolt in English:

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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
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  • 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.
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