Definition of bail out in English:

bail out

phrasal verb

  • 1Make an emergency parachute descent from an aircraft.

    • ‘The Germans had recently begun equipping their pilots with parachutes, allowing them to bail out and, if they landed in friendly territory, return to fight another day.’
    • ‘Since the tail gunner could not possibly survive bailing out, I asked him to crash land if he could.’
    • ‘Drill after drill had taught us that three short rings meant an emergency - one long continuous ring meant bail out!’
    • ‘All ten men aboard Heaven Can Wait bailed out after an enemy fighter attack damaged the radio room with its 20 mm cannon, starting a fire - probably in the oxygen tanks.’
    • ‘Gilmore wore a parachute, and a cable from the trapdoor ran back to the control panel so that in an emergency both Turner and his pet could bail out.’
    • ‘Homer, Bob, and Chet bailed out of the flaming B - 24.’
    • ‘This training is more commonly associated with fighter pilots forced to bail out over enemy territory.’
    • ‘It was on the 19th nine years ago, right to the hour, that I bailed out of the Super Corsair.’
    • ‘The opening scenes of A Matter of Life and Death find squadron leader Peter Carter about to bail out of his burning aircraft.’
    • ‘It was obvious to the airmen that, with its fuel almost spent, the aircraft had been set on automatic pilot and the crew bailed out.’
    • ‘Captain Heily believes he must have been at 250-or 300-ft when he bailed out.’
    • ‘The friendly territory added another dimension, since bailing out (if necessary) meant friends on the ground for a change.’
    • ‘The aircraft commander alerted the crew for possible bail out but did not get a response from the tail gunner.’
    • ‘He was flying Spitfire R6614 and was able to bail out of his stricken aeroplane but was later found dead.’
    • ‘The terrain was too rough for an emergency landing so I started to bail out.’
    • ‘Chief Arp asked the pilot for parachutes so we could bail out.’
    • ‘It was just like in the movies when the Corsair takes a hit from the Zero, and the aircraft trails smoke just before the pilot bails out - except we didn't have parachutes, and this wasn't a movie.’
    • ‘In spite of this heroic effort, Risner's friend drowned after bailing out of the stricken F - 86 and becoming entangled in the parachute lines.’
    • ‘I hit him good and the pilot bailed out at 200 feet.’
    • ‘He bailed out of the P - 51 and it was destroyed in the crash.’
    • ‘When a young airman miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator.’
    eject, parachute to safety
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    1. 1.1 Withdraw from an obligation or commitment.
      ‘she felt ready to bail out of the corporate rat race’
      • ‘If you bail out of a B share within five years, you'll forfeit 0.5% to 2.5% of your money.’
      • ‘‘I am not suggesting we are going to bail out of any project but, as a business, you have to look at where your opportunities are,’ he said.’
      • ‘You know you're in at the deep end in the world of rock and roll when two of your potential interviewees bail out of the interview in order to move the van so they don't get a ticket in Broad Street.’
      • ‘Last week it emerged that the leases had get-out clauses allowing companies to bale out of commitments.’
      • ‘They didn't bail out of the covert program around the world because it's too valuable for us.’
      • ‘And as the markets crash and investors bail out of equities, bigger players like ISIS, one of the host of erstwhile independents who have flown into the arms of beefier peers, also begin to look pathetically small.’
      • ‘Because now he's done the time, Joe is ready to bail out of EastEnders and try his hand at something other than quivering his bottom lip and having bad facial hair.’
      • ‘He wants to bail out of the airline, but may not get the government to pay the price he wants for his stake.’
      • ‘Given the political realities, anyone under the age of 50 should be agitating to bail out of the sinking ship and obtain the right to save money, rather than relying on the whims of the political process.’
      • ‘Should I bail out of this line right now, or should I stick it out a bit longer and hope that the lady finds a working credit-card soon?’
      • ‘As a consequence, many women writers bail out of the business.’
      • ‘Colina is essentially raising the premiums of their medical plan so high, that it will force them to bail out of it.’
      • ‘At this point Zack began to deliberately bail out of the sled, half to three-quarters of the way down the hill, pitching himself out and lying immobile in the snow.’
      • ‘Problems arose with the pension fund eventually because the benefits kept expanding but the capture of prizes was highly variable, so that Congress had to bail out of the funds.’
      • ‘Many homeless people choose to bail out of our cosy little society and live on the streets, seeking shelter wherever they can, and doing what they have to do to stay alive.’
      • ‘None of this means that we need to bail out of stock markets today.’
      • ‘Ms Manners said women who feel isolated and puzzled by complicated legal talk are much more likely to bail out of cases.’
      • ‘If foreigners want to bail out of Asia, they are going to be selling out of Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.’
      • ‘The flakiest clients are the most apt to bail out of a project, and so are the ones for whom we most need a written termination clause in our contracts.’
      • ‘What this does is save your virgin lungs for the long haul, because you can't bail out of a hotbox without getting the aforementioned teasing.’
      sell up, sell out, sell
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