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 for To bolt to the bran
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bolt \Bolt\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bolted; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Bolting.] [OE. bolten, boulten, OF. buleter, F. bluter, fr.
     Ll. buletare, buratare, cf. F. bure coarse woolen stuff; fr.
     L. burrus red. See Borrel, and cf. Bultel.]
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     1. To sift or separate the coarser from the finer particles
        of, as bran from flour, by means of a bolter; to separate,
        assort, refine, or purify by other means.
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              He now had bolted all the flour.      --Spenser.
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              Ill schooled in bolted language.      --Shak.
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     2. To separate, as if by sifting or bolting; -- with out.
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              Time and nature will bolt out the truth of things.
                                                    --L'Estrange.
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     3. (Law) To discuss or argue privately, and for practice, as
        cases at law. --Jacob.
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     To bolt to the bran, to examine thoroughly, so as to
        separate or discover everything important. --Chaucer.
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              This bolts the matter fairly to the bran. --Harte.
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              The report of the committee was examined and sifted
              and bolted to the bran.               --Burke.
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