(N.Z.) a free sea voyage obtained by posing as a ship’s crew member; usu. as v. and phr. do/get a ringbolt; thus ringbolter n., the person who obtains such a passage.
|Stand in Rain 16: They would go possum-trapping...or maybe even-do a ringbolt on a ship somewhere [DNZE].|
|Big Huey 192: Because Mata was a seaman he knew he’d have no trouble getting a ringbolt or a stowaway back to the Islands.|
|Dominion (Wellington) 11 Jan. 3: Officially Hinckesman was a stowaway, but the Auckland Star said he had done a ‘ringbolt’, paying a crew member to hide him during the voyage [DNZE].|
|Metro (Auckland) July 94: She went to Australia as a ‘ring bolt’, a stowaway, on the Monowai [DNZE].|
|Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 153/2: ringbolt n. a clandestine sea voyage used by escapees [...] ringbolt (also ringbolt it) v. to escape from prison and to head overseas, usually by sea.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 173: ringbolter Stowaway, from play on ‘bolthole’ and the ‘ringbolts’ used on ships for tying ropes to the jetty, up which the ringbolter can travel.|
(N.Z. gay) (orig. female prostitute use) for a male prostitute to be taken on board in one port, to ply their trade on board and then disembarked, for further work, in another port.
|Int’l Jrnl Lexicog. 23:1 67: Ringbolting described the process of being picked up in one port, taken to a ship for sex, then remaining on board to travel on vessels to other locations.‘Trolling the Beat to Working the Soob’ in|
(US) to be hanged.
|Boston Satirist (MA) 21 Oct. n.p.: We have a few in our ‘mind’s eye eye’ that must shortly ‘walk up to the ring-bolt’.|