Bolt-action



(of a rifle) equipped with a manually operated sliding bolt.
Contemporary Examples

You Can’t Save Gun Control With Word Games Megan McArdle December 18, 2012

Historical Examples

Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

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  • Bolt

    a movable bar or rod that when slid into a socket fastens a door, gate, etc. the part of a lock that is shot from and drawn back into the case, as by the action of the key. any of several types of strong fastening rods, pins, or screws, usually threaded to receive a nut. […]

  • Bolt-boat

    a boat suitable for use in rough seas.



  • Bolt-from-out-of-the-blue

    bolt from (out of) the blue

  • Bolt-from-the-blue–a

    Also, a bolt out of the blue. A sudden, unexpected event. For example, Bill’s dropping his life insurance was a bolt from the blue for his wife. This metaphoric term alludes to totally unforeseen lightning or thunder from a cloudless (blue) sky. [ First half of 1800s ]



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