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dogbolt

noun dog·bolt

Definition of dogbolt

archaic

  1. :  wretched fellow :  mean contemptible person

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Origin and Etymology of dogbolt

Middle English doggebolde, perhaps from dogge dog + bolde bold — more at dog, bold


First Known Use: 15th century


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dogbolt

noun dog·bolt \"\

Definition of dogbolt

  1. 1 :  a long slim bolt for uniting two parts at right angles or for securing girders to a supporting post by being driven through one piece then bent and driven into the other

  2. 2 :  a bolt used to hold the work in machining

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Origin and Etymology of dogbolt

1dog + bolt


First Known Use: 1810


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dogbolt

transitive verb dog·bolt \"\

Definition of dogbolt

  1. :  to secure with a dogbolt

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