shoot one's bolt

shoot one's bolt
To use up ones resources, especially a singular one or one not readily restored.

We were playing checkers and, although Id started off well, I seemed to have shot my bolt too soon.

Syn: shoot ones wad

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  • shoot one's bolt — phrasal to exhaust one s capabilities and resources …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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