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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BOLT

The Governor won't be here for half an hour; bolt the door and have it out.

One had already been slain by a bolt, so that there were but four upon their feet.

I pray you to speed a bolt against yonder shield with all your force.

Stand aside, Arnaud, lest you find a bolt through your gizzard.

The bolt shown did not happen to suit, and the strangers again left us.

Every rope and bolt in the craft was tried to the utmost, but all stood!

When everything was prepared for the second concert there came a bolt from the blue.

Only when Kung and A-Sung came to visit them was the bolt drawn.

She heard a bolt shot into its place below her, and she stopped again.

Recollect that at the time you were an utter stranger, and your letter was a bolt from the blue.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English bolt "short, stout arrow with a heavy head;" also "crossbow for throwing bolts," from Proto-Germanic *bultas (cf. Old Norse bolti, Danish bolt, Dutch bout, German Bolzen), perhaps from PIE root *bheld- "to knock, strike" (cf. Lithuanian beldu "I knock," baldas "pole for striking").

Applied since Middle English to other short metal rods (especially those with knobbed ends). From the notion of an arrow's flight comes the lightning bolt (1530s). A bolt of canvas (c.1400) was so called for its shape. Adverbial phrase bolt upright is from late 14c.

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