Definition of bail someone/something out in English:

bail someone/something out

phrasal verb

  • Rescue someone or something from a difficulty.

    ‘the state will not bail out loss-making enterprises’
    • ‘Were we dating, or were we just good friends who danced together, bailed each other out of trouble, fought constantly with one another and just happened to kiss every now and then?’
    • ‘The overpowering love of Subhadra for her son and her efforts to bale him out of the mess makes for the rest of the story.’
    • ‘Despite all the control, the Kleinites have been bailing health and school authorities out of deficits for years.’
    • ‘I couldn't believe I was actually bailing that little witch out.’
    • ‘Desmond had bailed him out of financial difficulties by lending him £46,000.’
    • ‘But they must know to what extent you will be able to bail them out if they get into financial difficulties.’
    • ‘Parents who bail their children out in difficult times are wonderful but wouldn't teaching them how to budget be better?’
    • ‘It was a fantastic effort from a conference team which has to be baled out by unselfish fans who dug into their own pockets to keep the show on the road, and an example to all that the improbable is sometimes possible.’
    • ‘And if property prices are stagnant or falling, we cannot rely on the wealth in our homes to bale us out.’
    • ‘She bailed herself out by going ahead, against her inclinations, with a television series Melcher had secretly signed her to and put herself through five years of sit-com paces on the little box.’
    • ‘Here they again work alongside Amy, who has also made the switch, and are baled out, financially, by their former boss Ruth, who becomes a sleeping majority shareholder in the firm.’
    • ‘Residential ratepayers, taxpayers, and employees are thus to bail the industry out of its difficulties.’
    • ‘Suzy found him there and bailed him out, bringing him home to all the other broken-winged inmates to sleep on the verandah until a bedroom came vacant.’
    • ‘For his part, the defendant repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, insisting he had dug deep into his own pockets to bail the church out of financial difficulties.’
    • ‘Narrow margins baled us out many days, and he questioned it all players made themselves available for the senior county panel.’
    • ‘Rather than bailing the recent college grad out of debt, the elder Wright suggested he find a second job.’
    • ‘He had waded too far into the murky ocean that was her personal life, and was desperately searching for a lifeboat or rescue helicopter to bail him out.’
    • ‘They also passionately looked out for each other, bailing each other out and financing each other's debts.’
    • ‘Not to mention he also had a pension for bailing the Agency out of it's roughest spots.’
    • ‘Is it not a fraud, to pretend that Argentina can be bailed out, by saving the present obligations imposed upon Argentina?’
    rescue, save, relieve, deliver, redeem
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