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Jan 11, 2023
This week’s theme
There’s a word for it

This week’s words
idiolatry
cynanthropy
bolt-hole
hyperacusis
yesternoon


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bolt-hole

PRONUNCIATION:
(BOLT-hol)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A place of escape, hiding, or seclusion.
2. A hole through which to escape when in danger.

ETYMOLOGY:
From bolt + hole, from Old English bolt (a heavy arrow) + Old English hol (hole, cave). Earliest documented use: 1851.

USAGE:
“[New Zealand’s] growing reputation among the superrich as a bolt-hole -- a place insulated from the perils of nuclear war or pandemic -- has probably helped to bolster that image.”
Natasha Frost; What a Job Posting That Went Viral Says About New Zealand; The New York Times; Nov 4, 2022.

See more usage examples of bolt-hole in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. -Abraham Joshua Heschel, rabbi and professor (11 Jan 1907-1972)

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