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English definition of “have shot your bolt”

have shot your bolt

UK informal
to have already achieved all that you have the power, ability, or strength to do and to be unable to do more: He started off the game well but seemed to have shot his bolt by half-time.Tired and making tired
(Definition of have shot your bolt from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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