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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.]
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.
He now had bolted all the flour. --Spenser.
Ill schooled in bolted language. --Shak.
2. To separate, as if by sifting or bolting; -- with out.
Time and nature will bolt out the truth of things.
3. (Law) To discuss or argue privately, and for practice, as
cases at law. --Jacob.
To bolt to the bran, to examine thoroughly, so as to
separate or discover everything important. --Chaucer.
This bolts the matter fairly to the bran. --Harte.
The report of the committee was examined and sifted
and bolted to the bran. --Burke.
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