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bolter Line breaks: bolt¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊltə/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of bolter in English:


1A person or animal that bolts or runs away.
Example sentences
  • If your horse is a bolter, use a long lead shank, and if necessary, a stud chain over the nose or under the chin.
  • My three year old is a bolter - he loves to bolt in public places.
  • After 1884, some bolters became Democrats and helped revive Democratic strength in New England in the early 1890s.
1.1Australian /NZ An outsider in a sporting event or other competition.
Example sentences
  • The Government does not have a bolter's show of ever achieving the goal of 10 percent.
  • When she introduced the previous amending bill, we said she did not have a bolter's hope of registering the 70,000 chemicals and substances that were required to be registered by the deadline.
  • I say to the House that I bet that the Commerce Committee does not have a bolter's hope of getting this bill back in a month's time.
1.2Australian historical An escaped convict or absconder.
Example sentences
  • In Tasmania between 1810 and 1825 there were as many as 100 ‘bolters’ out in the bush at any one time.
  • The most famous of the convict bolters was Jack Donahue, an Irishman who arrived in Sydney in 1825, aged eighteen.

Words that rhyme with bolter

coulter (US colter), Volta
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