toggle bolt


Definition of toggle bolt

: a bolt that has a nut with wings which close for passage through a small hole and spring open after passing through the hole to keep the bolt from slipping back through

Examples of toggle bolt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Traditional toggle bolts can be maddeningly difficult to install because the wings just spin freely unless there is enough tension to keep them in contact with the back of the wall. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Making sure that shelf is securely attached to the wall," 26 Nov. 2019 Another installs like a toggle bolt (envision a swag hook) with a drain plug. Bob Weber,, "Motormouth: If drain plug is shot, no need to replace entire oil pan," 1 Nov. 2019 Drown yourself in knowledge of people and places and things as simple as what is the advantage of a toggle bolt to hang a towel holder to what will Brexit mean on the emerging European markets. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "He failed high school chemistry and algebra. Now a doctor, he went to his alma mater to tell graduating seniors about success.," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of toggle bolt

circa 1794, in the meaning defined above

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“Toggle bolt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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