Bolted the stable door shut after the horse has bolted loose
What seems to be wrong with the sentence in the subject?
Nowhere does Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms say why "bolt = 'fasten with a bolt' and bolt = 'run' are never used in any variant of the expression". What is the problem with using "bolted" to mean 'fastened with a bolt' and again to mean 'escaped' in a single sentence? Can a sentence however long or short share two instances of the same verb in its different senses (as shown in the subject)?
Re: Bolted the stable door shut after the horse has bolted l
I don't see why you couldn't use the expression in both of its senses in the same sentence. Example: "He bolted the door then he bolted."
There is a clear difference in usage between the two. There is little chance of getting them confused. One always takes an object; the other never does. One bolts a door or (less often) a gate or a window. OTOH (on the other hand), in the other sense (running away), one simply bolts.
That should do it. :wink:
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