Meaning of bolt-hole

bolt-hole

Pronunciation: (bōlt'hōl"), [key]
— n.
  1. a hole in the ground, protected opening in bushes, etc., into which an animal can flee when pursued or frightened.
  2. a place or avenue of escape or refuge: The remote mountain village was a safe bolt-hole for refugees during the war.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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