One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large single-edged knife used in the Philippines.
- ‘More sinister still, a timekeeper was attacked with bolos, the machete-like knife carried by most men in rural areas.’
- ‘The Filipino troops, armed with old rifles and bolos and carrying magical charms, were no match for American troops in open combat, but they were formidable opponents in guerrilla warfare’
2variant of bola
3short for bolo tie
(typically in police use, referring to a suspected criminal or missing person) be on (the) lookout.
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