Definition of bolthole in US English:



  • 1A place where a person can escape and hide.

    ‘he thought of Antwerp as a possible bolthole’
    • ‘It's 1987, and McIver is living alone in a rundown summer house in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, the traditional holiday bolthole for generations of well-off New Yorkers.’
    • ‘For an artist such as Eyton, a studio is a bolt-hole - a private space to recoup his energies, regain his equilibrium and gather his sketches and thoughts.’
    • ‘A beautiful thing, until something goes wrong; when having a bolthole more than a hundred miles from where you bolt from, can be something of a disadvantage.’
    • ‘Penelope Wilton plays Daisy Langrish, an author who moves into a Yorkshire cottage she has bought as a bolt-hole from her busy life in London.’
    • ‘The town could be a fine bolthole during the Edinburgh Festival when the capital is heaving with visitors.’
    • ‘An American geologist has been explaining why he and a group of mining experts chose a desolate beauty spot in northern England to establish the ultimate holiday bolthole with a difference.’
    • ‘It's about three and a half months since I moved into this flat, and during that time it's been little more than a bolthole from the stresses and strains of work, to be honest.’
    • ‘With stained-glass windows and dark oak panelling from floor to ceiling, it must be a glorious bolthole when the open fire is roaring in mid-winter.’
    • ‘The decision of stay-at-home tourists to trade up is putting pressure on seaside resorts, not least the burghers of Blackpool, a traditional bolthole for thousands of Glaswegians.’
    • ‘It's a bolthole when domestic pressures become too great.’
    • ‘He has a palatial house in a smart part of London and a bolthole in Hertfordshire.’
    • ‘He and his friends had been down in their strip-lit bolthole for weeks, toiling selflessly day and night.’
    • ‘He planned to start this jubilee holiday boarding the ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway, getting away from his work to the family bolthole on the west coast of Lewis.’
    • ‘These pathways make convenient boltholes for thieves and vandals to melt into.’
    • ‘We now have more than 500 members from 35 countries worldwide and many of them see the club as a unique bolthole where they can shelter from the public eye.’
    • ‘One day, I will have a flat there as a bolthole for an occasional escape from everything.’
    • ‘‘I belong to a generation for whom reading books was a mild narcotic,’ he says, ‘a bolthole from life's drudgery, sought out on a daily basis.’’
    hideaway, hideout, retreat, refuge, den, shelter, sanctuary, bolt-hole, foxhole, lair, safe house, asylum, sanctum, hermitage, oasis, haven, harbour, place of safety
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    1. 1.1British A hole or burrow in which a rabbit or other wild animal can take refuge.
      • ‘Basc is openly in favour of fox-hunting, shooting hares, flushing foxes out of their boltholes, rabbiting and other animal-unfriendly activities.’
      • ‘As you walk along, notice that the banks are riddled with badger setts and boltholes.’
      • ‘The rabbits were scattering for their boltholes, thumping the ground as they ran so as to warn those still below ground that they should remain there.’
      • ‘These boltholes give Meerkats a place to take cover if danger arises if they are out foraging.’
      • ‘The underground boltholes of the nocturnal creatures have been identified almost one mile away from the heart of Treacle Town.’