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bolt (verb) fasten a door by sliding the bolt; to run away suddenly to escape; to swallow food; (of animals like horses) run away; withdraw support for a political party.
When you fasten the doors or windows by securing them by sliding the bolt, you bolt the doors and windows. Before you go to bed you make sure that you are secure by bolting the doors and windows, that is, by fastening the bolts. When a thief, on seeing police, suddenly runs away, the thief bolts. Escaping by running away from the sight of danger is bolting. When instead of eating food slowly, you gulp it down your throat or swallow it, you bolt it. In the process you are likely to be choked. When an animal like a horse are frightened, they suddenly start running away, they bolt. When people withdraw their support to a political party, they bolt it.
- Henry, alone at home for the night, forgot to bolt the front door before going to bed, and when he got up the next morning, he found some of the valuables at home missing.
- On seeing the police, as though he had seen a ghost, he jumped out of the window, and bolted out of sight.
- Anxious not to miss the train, he bolted food down his throat and started choking.