make “a shaft or a bolt on 't—I'll,” THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, iii. 4. 24. Ray gives “To make a bolt or a shaft of a thing.” Proverbs, p. 179, ed. 1768. “Equivalent to—I will either make a good or a bad thing of it, I will take the risk. The shaft was the regular war-arrow, sharp-pointed; while the bolt was a blunt-headed arrow, or, sometimes, one having, as Holme describes it, ‘a round or half-round bobb at the end of it, with a sharp-pointed arrow-head proceeding therefrom’” (HALLIWELL) .
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