The Stalwarts had bolted the Red Gym and were holding a shadow convention to nominate their own candidates at the opera house.
Holland, who had leaned over to hear the message, bolted upright and his mouth opened in surprise.
The company travels with a miniature herd of ponies, and when they suddenly disappear, we are told the ponies “bolted.”
Uncle John bolted up and stuttered that he was “tucking me in for a nap.”
Ames is in distress because his wife has bolted after learning of his one-night stand with a woman Ames hardly remembers.
The keel was in several lengths, fastened together with long scarfs, bolted through.
But no one had bolted the door, and, to the surprise of all, Mr. Compton stood before them.
Some of the more timorous crouched under their desks, Gladys bolted in the direction of the door.
He bolted himself in; pulled out his watch; and laid it on the counter.
The ends of the "lead" in turn fitted into a slot in the column rules, and these latter were bolted into the cylinder.
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.