an act of bailing out, usually by the government, of a failing institution or business
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- the act of parachuting from an aircraft.
- a rescue from financial distress.
- the act of parachuting from an aircraft, esp. to escape a crash, fire, etc.
- an instance of coming to the rescue, esp. financially:a government bailout of a large company.
- an alternative, additional choice, or the like:If the highway is jammed, you have two side roads as bailouts.
- of, pertaining to, or consisting of means for relieving an emergency situation:bailout measures for hard-pressed smallbusinesses.
- noun, nominal, adjective, adjectival use of verb, verbal phrase bail out 1950–55
- Lawmoney given to a court of law to guarantee that a person released from jail will return at an appointed time.
- Lawthe state of release after paying bail.
- 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.
- Idioms, Lawjump bail, to run away while free on bail.
bail3 /beɪl/USA pronunciation v.
- [ ~ + obj] to remove (water) from a boat, as with a bucket:They bailed gallons of water from the boat.
- 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.
- a container, such as a dipper, used for bailing.
- property or money given as surety that a person released from custody will return at an appointed time.
- the person who agrees to be liable if someone released from custody does not return at an appointed time.
- the state of release upon being bailed.
- go or stand bail for, to provide bail for:They spent the night in jail because no one would stand bail for them.
- jump bail, to abscond while free on bail:The suspect jumped bail and is now being sought.
- on bail, released or free as a result of having posted bond:He was out on bail within 10 hours of his arrest.
- 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.
- 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.
- the semicircular handle of a kettle or pail.
- a hooplike support, as for the canvas cover on a Conestoga wagon.
- 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.
- 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.
- to dip (water) out of a boat, as with a bucket.
- to clear of water by dipping (usually fol. by out):to bail out a boat.
- to bail water.
- 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.
- Also, bail′er. a bucket, dipper, or other container used for bailing.
- 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.
- Sport[Cricket.]either of the two small bars or sticks laid across the tops of the stumps which form the wicket.
- British Termsa bar, framework, partition, or the like, for confining or separating cows, horses, etc., in a stable.
- bails, [Obs.]the wall of an outer court of a feudal castle.
- 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).
- 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
- (intransitive) to make an emergency parachute jump from an aircraft
- (transitive) informal to help (a person, organization, etc) out of a predicament