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bolt·er 1

1. A horse given to bolting.
2. One who gives up membership in or withdraws support from a political party.

bolt·er 2

1. A machine used for sifting, especially for sifting flour.
2. One who operates a sifting machine.
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1. an outsider in a contest or race
2. (Historical Terms) history an escaped convict; bushranger
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Joe, with his bite still in his cheek, "I Bolted, myself, when I was your age - frequent - and as a boy I've been among a many Bolters; but I never see your Bolting equal yet, Pip, and it's a mercy you ain't Bolted dead."
Bolter,' replied Noah, who had prepared himself for such emergency.
Bolter's humble servant,' said Fagin, bowing with grotesque politeness.
Milty bolter told me a grate story in school yesterday.
This sparkling sally is to the effect that although he always knew she was the best-groomed woman in the stud, he had no idea she was a bolter. It is immensely received in turf-circles.
The Table of Contents shows the seventeen bushrangers divided into three categories: The Bolters (8), Local Outlaws (6), The Last Stand (3).
I asked what they could see of my jet during the bolters. He said I may have hit something on the flight deck after my first bolter, and my hook looked like it wasn't fully extended on tries two and three.
Hydramatic manufactures a wide range of bolting machines -- mobile bolters, longwall face bolters (LFB), rib bolters and roof bolters.
Elsewhere, in Poland, KGHM Polska Miedz has placed an extensive order for 11 Toro LHDs, three Tamrock Axera jumbos, and two bolters for the Rudnan, Lubini and Polkowice copper mines.