Synonyms for bolter

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And what Captain Bolter said he meant: for he was a strong and self-willed man.

He had been a bolter himself when young—had run away from home.

"Well, so far as I can see, Bolter has not been running away," he said thoughtfully.

A wealthy Victorian was arrested as a Tasmanian bolter while I was in the colony.

Bolter turned out a great acquisition, ‘medium,’ or what not.

They sent for me, an' Mr. Bolter gave me a good job with 'er.

Mr. Bolter hexpects me to give hundivided hattention to 'er.

But for his poverty Bolter would have been a good tenant enough.

Without another moment for reflection, he urged Bolter on, waded through the river, and dashed helter-skelter towards the wood.

The boy shuddered, then literally shook himself as he urged Bolter on again to begin investigations.

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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nounperson who escapes
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