Like any high-powered attorney who charges $100,000 for a retainer, bolt always seems to be one step ahead of the competition.
Usain presented Harry with a t-shirt readin, 'Harry can bolt' after the race.
The two men then celebrated by pulling the traditional ‘bolt of lightning’ stance on the track.
“That was a bolt out of the blue,” said Philip W. Johnston, a former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
These conditions increase the number of voters likely to bolt from their status as hereditary voters—Republican or Democrat.
To secure the end of a bolt by burring the point with a hammer.
The Governor won't be here for half an hour; bolt the door and have it out.
And if the bolt fell truly, there was loud laughter on the walls.
I pray you to speed a bolt against yonder shield with all your force.
The bolt of the gods stuns as it falls, but it intoxicates also.
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.
from bolt (n.) in its various senses; from a crossbow arrow's quick flight comes the meaning "to spring, to make a quick start" (early 13c.). Via the notion of runaway horses, this came to mean "to leave suddenly" (early 19c.). Meaning "to gulp down food" is from 1794. The meaning "to secure by means of a bolt" is from 1580s. Related: Bolted; bolting.