1 [boh-loh]
noun, plural bolos.
a large, heavy, single-edged knife or machete for hacking, used in the Philippines and by the U.S. Army.

1900–05; < Philippine Spanish; further origin uncertain Unabridged


2 [boh-loh] U.S. Military Slang.
noun, plural bolos.
a soldier who does not meet the minimum standards of marksmanship.
verb (used without object), boloed, boloing.
to fail to meet the minimum standards of marksmanship.

1915–20; said to be after Bolo Pascha (died 1918), German agent in France during World War I


3 [boh-loh]
noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
bolo (ˈbəʊləʊ)
n , pl -los
a large single-edged knife, originating in the Philippines
[Philippine Spanish, probably from a native word]

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Word Origin & History

"traitor," 1917, from Paul Bolo, Fr. adventurer shot for treason April 17, 1918; used in World War I with reference to pacifist propagandists; later somewhat assimilated to Bolshevik (q.v.).
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Example sentences
They carried machine guns and the traditional long, single-edged machetes known as bolo knives.
The plank floor creaked as he moved in and out on the bolo bag.
She had been strangled by a bolo tie, still around her neck.
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