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bail•out /ˈbeɪlˌaʊt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. the act of parachuting from an aircraft.
  2. a rescue from financial distress.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bail•out  (bālout′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of parachuting from an aircraft, esp. to escape a crash, fire, etc.
  2. an instance of coming to the rescue, esp. financially:a government bailout of a large company.
  3. an alternative, additional choice, or the like:If the highway is jammed, you have two side roads as bailouts.

  1. of, pertaining to, or consisting of means for relieving an emergency situation:bailout measures for hard-pressed smallbusinesses.
Also,  bail-out′. 
  • noun, nominal, adjective, adjectival use of verb, verbal phrase bail out 1950–55

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bail1 /beɪl/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Lawmoney given to a court of law to guarantee that a person released from jail will return at an appointed time.
  2. Lawthe state of release after paying bail.

  1. Lawbail out: 
    • to pay the bail for: [+ object + out]Her father bailed her out.[ + out + obj]:We bailed out the protesters.
    • to help (someone) to get out of a difficult situation: [ + obj + out]:I bailed her out with some money.[ + out + obj]:I bailed out the child by explaining why he was late.
  1. Idioms, Lawjump bail, to run away while free on bail.

bail3 /beɪl/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. [ + obj] to remove (water) from a boat, as with a bucket:They bailed gallons of water from the boat.
  2. bail out,
    • to make a parachute jump from an airplane: [no obj]:The pilot told his crew to bail out.[ + out + of + obj]:They bailed out of the fiery jet.

n. [countable]
  1. a container, such as a dipper, used for bailing.

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bail1  (bāl),USA pronunciation [Law.]
  1. property or money given as surety that a person released from custody will return at an appointed time.
  2. the person who agrees to be liable if someone released from custody does not return at an appointed time.
  3. the state of release upon being bailed.
  4. go or  stand bail for, to provide bail for:They spent the night in jail because no one would stand bail for them.
  5. jump bail, to abscond while free on bail:The suspect jumped bail and is now being sought.
  6. on bail, released or free as a result of having posted bond:He was out on bail within 10 hours of his arrest.

  1. to grant or obtain the liberty of (a person under arrest) on security given for his or her appearance when required, as in court for trial.
  2. to deliver possession of (goods) for storage, hire, or other special purpose, without transfer of ownership.
  • *bhor-&iarchbelow;-; see bear1
  • *ba(r)&iarchbelow;- carry (akin to Albanian m-ba hold)
  • Latin bāiulāre to serve as porter verb, verbal derivative of bāiulus porter, perh. an Imperial Latin borrowing from Moesia
  • Old French, noun, nominal derivative of baillier to hand over
  • Anglo-French bail custody, charge
  • late Middle English bayle 1375–1425

bail2  (bāl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the semicircular handle of a kettle or pail.
  2. a hooplike support, as for the canvas cover on a Conestoga wagon.
  3. Printinga metal band or bar equipped with rollers for holding a sheet or sheets of paper against the platen of a printing press, typewriter, etc.
Also,  bale. 
  • Old Norse; compare Old Norse beyglast to become bent, equivalent. to baug(r) ring (see bee2) + *-il noun, nominal suffix + -ast middle infinitive suffix
  • late Middle English beyl, perh. 1400–50

bail3  (bāl),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to dip (water) out of a boat, as with a bucket.
  2. to clear of water by dipping (usually fol. by out):to bail out a boat.

  1. to bail water.
  2. bail out: 
    • to make a parachute jump from an airplane.
    • to relieve or assist (a person, company, etc.) in an emergency situation, esp. a financial crisis:The corporation bailed out its failing subsidiary through a series of refinancing operations.
    • to give up on or abandon something, as to evade a responsibility:His partner bailed out before the business failed.

  1. Also,  bailer. a bucket, dipper, or other container used for bailing.
Also,  bale (for defs. 1–3).
  • Vulgar Latin *bāi(u)la; akin to Latin bāiulus carrier. See bail1
  • Middle French baille a bucket
  • late Middle English bayle 1425–75

bail4  (bāl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Sport[Cricket.]either of the two small bars or sticks laid across the tops of the stumps which form the wicket.
  2. British Termsa bar, framework, partition, or the like, for confining or separating cows, horses, etc., in a stable.
  3. bails, [Obs.]the wall of an outer court of a feudal castle.

  1. British Termsbail up, [Australian.]
    • to confine a cow for milking, as in a bail.
    • to force (one) to surrender or identify oneself or to state one's business.
    • to waylay or rob (someone).

  1. British Terms, Idiomsbail up! [Australian.](the cry of challenge of a pioneer or person living in the bush.)
  • Latin bacula, plural of baculum stick
  • Old French
  • Middle English baile 1350–1400

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bailout /ˈbeɪlaʊt/ n
  1. an act of bailing out, usually by the government, of a failing institution or business

bail out, bale out vb (adverb)
  1. (intransitive) to make an emergency parachute jump from an aircraft
  2. (transitive) informal to help (a person, organization, etc) out of a predicament


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