Main definitions of bail in English

: bail1bail2bail3

bail1

noun

  • 1The temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial, sometimes on condition that a sum of money be lodged to guarantee their appearance in court.

    ‘he has been released on bail’
    • ‘Wally, who was still on bail awaiting trial for unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, got away with a small fine.’
    • ‘A Kirkwall man was released on bail from Kirkwall Sheriff Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to assault and breach of the peace.’
    • ‘He was released on bail and made one appearance at the local magistrates' court, but was not seen after that.’
    • ‘Magistrates adjourned sentencing for reports and released him on bail, with conditions he must not enter Leisure World or any public changing cubicles.’
    • ‘The appellants were released on bail having spent approximately 7 months in custody.’
    • ‘The defendants were released on bail at Cork District Court yesterday for sentencing on February 15.’
    • ‘Johannes allegedly has a history of petty crime and was out on bail awaiting court proceedings against him.’
    • ‘Howley was charged with the first of these alleged offences on Friday - two days after he was released on bail from Kirkwall Sheriff Court for a catalogue of admitted crimes.’
    • ‘Matysiak, who gave the court her mother's address in Axbridge Close, Park North, was released on bail by the crown court so reports can be compiled on her.’
    • ‘I think it was made clear that after their arrest they were on bail and their bail conditions prevented them having any contact with her.’
    • ‘However, there is an increasing tendency to free the indictee on bail, provided guarantees are given by the relevant State authorities that he will not be allowed to escape.’
    • ‘Charged with credit-card fraud and identity theft, most of the suspects arrested that day have been released on bail pending trial.’
    • ‘The Court of Appeal yesterday released Mr Sheikh on bail to await its decision next month on whether the case against him should go before a new jury.’
    • ‘When Kemmache sought release on bail once again, this was refused by the Assize Court.’
    • ‘A child or young person may be either released on bail or remanded to local authority accommodation.’
    • ‘The vast majority of the defendants pleaded not guilty and were released on bail with strict conditions.’
    • ‘The young man was finally released on bail when a Supreme Court judge ruled that he posed no risk to the community.’
    • ‘All the motorists were detained and released on bail and appeared in court in Umtata yesterday.’
    • ‘The girl is charged with manslaughter and is on bail awaiting trial.’
    • ‘A man who struck his wife during the course of a row was released on bail at Carlow District Court on February 28.’
    surety, security, collateral, assurance, indemnity, indemnification
    bond, guarantee, warranty, pledge
    gage, earnest
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Money paid for the release an accused person as security.
      • ‘The great grandson of the famed make-up artist was supposed to be wearing an electronic tracking device while free on $1 million bail.’
      • ‘By Friday, he had not lodged security for his R2 million bail and remained confined to his plush home.’
      • ‘The group has been arraigned, with bail for one member set at $10 million.’
      • ‘He said he'll sentence Mathis to thirty years with bail at about five million.’
      • ‘He's on $1-million bail, after police corruption allegations delayed his committal hearing.’
      • ‘The couple's bail money, totalling HK $1.25 million, was forfeited and warrants issued for their arrest.’
      • ‘The men are expected to be retried, although Cazares has been free on $1 million bail since August.’
      • ‘He was charged with sexual abuse and freed on £1.87 million bail.’
      • ‘He is currently being held at Salem County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1.8-million bail.’
      • ‘His family today confirmed they cannot pay the five million drachma bail money which has been set by the judges presiding over his case.’
      • ‘He is free on £1.87 million bail and at an ‘undisclosed location’, believed to be in Las Vegas.’
      • ‘He was later arrested and is in prison with bail set at three million euros.’
      • ‘He has pleaded not guilty and is free on almost €3 million bail.’
      • ‘I would think they should set a bail - probably the bail schedule calls for a $1 million bail.’
      • ‘If one of the world's most famous entertainers did not show up in one hour, he would be sent to jail, losing $3 million bail.’
      • ‘High bail - reaching as much as $1 million - was imposed for those arrested by police.’
      • ‘Cullen said he did not want a lawyer, and was held on US $1 million bail.’
      • ‘He was briefly arrested last month before being released on US $3 million bail.’
      • ‘He is free on $3 million bail but must attend the court hearings daily.’
      • ‘Two days later he was spotted again at the tournament and taken into custody, his bail set at $2 million.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Release or secure the release of (a prisoner) on payment of bail.

    ‘his son called home to get bailed out of jail’
    See also bail out at bail
    • ‘He has been bailed to appear at Swindon Youth Court on May 4.’
    • ‘Both were charged and have been bailed to appear at Ballina local court on February 22.’
    • ‘We see no necessity for a defendant who is bailed to be expressly warned that, if he absconds, he may be tried in his absence, for that has been the English common law for over a century.’
    • ‘Both men have been bailed to appear at Bow Street Magistrates Court on March 2 when they will have an opportunity to enter a plea in the case.’
    • ‘The girl has been bailed and will appear at Blackburn Youth Court on January 25.’
    • ‘Two boys, aged 12 and 13, have been charged with criminal damage and have been bailed to appear at Salford youth court tomorrow.’
    • ‘Six were cautioned, one was released without charge and three were bailed.’
    • ‘All six men have been bailed to appear before Bradford Magistrates' Court on Friday.’
    • ‘The three were bailed to appear at Croydon Crown Court on June 10.’
    • ‘The only reason we, the public, can think of as to why that man was bailed and not remanded in custody is that the prisons are full and there are not enough prison or remand beds to keep a man like that in custody for a length of time.’
    • ‘He was bailed to appear at his trial on 1 June 1998.’
    • ‘A 20-year-old Lancaster man has been bailed to appear before magistrates in January in connection with a burglary at the park last month.’
    • ‘A spokesman said 16 of them would appear before magistrates in Grimsby and Cleethorpes today while another two were bailed to appear before magistrates tomorrow.’
    • ‘He was bailed to appear at Swadlincote Magistrates' Court on 12 th October.’
    • ‘He denied the charge and was bailed to appear on 10 June.’
    • ‘Prisoners being bailed to return to the station will also be dealt with separately from those being kept in custody.’
    • ‘She was not charged but was unconditionally bailed to appear at Harrogate Police Station tomorrow.’
    • ‘He was bailed to appear before Cheltenham magistrates on Wednesday.’
    • ‘Magistrates bailed the couple to appear before magistrates for committal proceedings on Monday, March 14 this year.’
    • ‘He was bailed to appear at York Crown Court for sentencing on the week beginning November 8.’

Phrases

  • jump bail

    • Fail to appear for trial after being released on bail.

      ‘he jumped bail and was on the run until his arrest’
      • ‘After jumping bail to look after his terminally ill girlfriend, things change.’
      • ‘Police have made a television appeal to find a Bedford accountant who jumped bail two years ago facing a £100,000 theft charge.’
      • ‘An east Yorkshire man who jumped bail after being arrested for drug smuggling eight years ago was jailed for six months yesterday.’
      • ‘In fact, it was probably you who told Mitchell to put Tris under arrest for jumping bail.’
      • ‘He also faces a charge of jumping bail and has been considered a fugitive since 1974.’
      • ‘Nail was later sentenced to more than 20 years' jail for his part in the crime; the police believed King probably jumped bail.’
      • ‘He jumped bail right after the murders and was on the lamb for more than 20 years.’
      • ‘Just last week, a California appellate court turned aside the appeal of Luster's conviction, saying he had forfeited his right to appeal by jumping bail.’
      • ‘He was placed on a witness protection scheme but has now jumped bail and vanished.’
      • ‘When both of them are set after the same slimy car thief who has jumped bail things get out of hand.’
  • go bail (or stand bail)

    • Act as surety for an accused person.

      • ‘In the original classical legend it is Phintias (of which ‘Pythias’ is a corruption), not Damon, who is sentenced, and Damon goes bail for him.’
      • ‘His name had been linked to “Red Rioters” in the Providence Journal as a result of his having stood bail for Marx.’
      • ‘The men were taken to Inverness and held without trial, but Highlanders from all over Scotland rallied to their cause, standing bail for them and eventually paying their fines.’
      • ‘For years I was cross-examined whenever I offered to stand bail.’
      • ‘In the 1840s, Augustus stood bail for select offenders and promised to monitor their activities and report to the judge.’
      • ‘I stood bail for him and the other defendants at the Oz trial.’
      • ‘Many thanks also to the lawyers who did a good job and to the churchman who stood bail.’
      • ‘She posted herself outside the Marylebone Magistrates' Court and announced she would stand bail for anyone who needed it.’
      • ‘He cannot speak of integrity and loyalty when he did not even appear to stand bail for the No 1 couple in this country, Mr and Mrs Panday.’
      • ‘The bail set can be substantial and there is, therefore, a financial incentive for the person who goes bail to ensure that the charged person turns up for trial.’
  • post bail

    • Pay a sum of money as bail.

      ‘I posted bail for him’
      • ‘Failure to appear has tripled her posted bail, made them issue another warrant for her arrest, and gave even more cannon fodder to the media.’
      • ‘The second time, at 11 p.m., they were able to post bail for Jennifer but were told that it would be several hours before she was released.’
      • ‘The two were taken into custody after failing to post bail of 50 million Nepalese rupees each, the reports said.’
      • ‘Prosecutors declined to comment on a judge's decision to release him after posting bail of just $15,000.’
      • ‘So when his family posted bail after several months of pretrial detention, Tyson went looking for a reporter.’
      • ‘Instead he has been detained since last Monday without any opportunity to appear before a judge or post bail.’
      • ‘As news of the arrest spread, bail bond representatives crammed into the Soi 8 immigration office, looking to post bail for the Korean.’
      • ‘He was released after his lawyers assured the court he would post bail by September 8.’
      • ‘The singer, also famous in Japan, was arrested at his home in a Quezon City suburb but later freed after posting bail of 6,000 pesos.’
      • ‘The construction worker was arrested and released after posting bail.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, literally custody, jurisdiction from Old French bailler take charge of from Latin bajulare bear a burden.

Pronunciation:

bail

/bāl/

Main definitions of bail in English

: bail1bail2bail3

bail2

noun

  • 1A bar on a typewriter or computer printer that holds the paper steady.

    • ‘Return the paper bail and the paper should now be positioned at the tear.’
    • ‘The bail arm on this printer raises whilst the machine is printing.’
    • ‘My folly was in thinking that the problem was that I was not getting the paper positioned properly under the paper bail.’
    • ‘If not, it will catch on the bail arm as it advances.’
    • ‘Pull the bail arm toward the front of the printer.’
    • ‘Close and snap the carriage latch, and pull the bail arm back.’
    • ‘The paper bail will be moved back to grip the paper against the platen.’
    • ‘This Star model also happens to be a stripped version with no tabs, no see-through paper table (for margin set position,) no paper arms, and no paper bail.’
    • ‘Does the Paper Bail on the Mountbatten need to be used all the time?’
    • ‘When it is difficult to open the paper bail because of the position of the print head, close the printer.’
    • ‘One moves the paper bail and the other retracts the friction rollers and displaces the paper bail by about 3mm.’
    • ‘The paper bail holds the paper down on top of the cylinder, or platen, that it's wound around.’
    • ‘Move the bail lever on top of the printer forward to open the paper bail.’
    • ‘A paper bail in a printer having a platen includes two bail levers rotatably mounted on the printer and pressed toward the platen by a spring.’
    • ‘The bail arm squeegees on your Gerber Digital Color Printing System may stick to the surface of Static Cling.’
    1. 1.1Fishing
      A bar that guides fishing line on a reel.
      • ‘This protruding surface on the bail arm serves to keep the line in contact with the line roller even in slack line fishing such as vertical jigging.’
      • ‘The line is wound onto the spool by a rotating bail arm driven by a handle and gears.’
      • ‘I was going to fish with an open bail arm so there was no need for bait runners.’
      • ‘If choosing a front rest indicator make sure it is a type that works well with an open bail arm.’
      • ‘For the indication on the line, nothing could be more simple, use a lemon squeezy bottle top which hangs on the line below the open bail arm.’
  • 2Mountaineering
    A fastening that secures a crampon to the sole of a boot.

    • ‘This tweak usually involves grinding the boot as well as bending the toe bail.’
    • ‘The Sabretooths are step-in crampons with stainless-steel heel and toe bails, which make them a breeze to put on with popsicle fingers at midnight.’
    • ‘If you are using the bail rings, you'll want to sew a loop in each end of the strap.’
    • ‘The wire bails prevent the crampon from reverberating when kicked.’
    • ‘They may have grooves at front and back for crampon toe bails and heel clamps.’
  • 3A bar or pole separating horses in an open stable.

    • ‘It has a one piece metal ring around the parameter in which the bail is connected.’
    • ‘These rugged buckets feature a reinforced bail attachment.’
  • 4An arched handle, such as on a bucket or a teapot.

    [as modifier] ‘drawers fitted with brass bail handles’
    • ‘The double wire and wood bail handle makes the Casserole Carrier Basket easy to pass even when the pan is hot out of the oven.’
    • ‘This is a vintage clear glass canning fruit jar with the wire bail handle and glass lid.’
    • ‘The bail handle is characterized by an open loop that hangs freely between two fixed mounts.’
    • ‘The bail handle can be created with an old coat hanger or other scrap of wire.’
    • ‘We find the most popular compromise between what was and what will be is the simple bail handle, usually in an antique finish.’
    • ‘More expensive was the set of Adam-style rosettes and bail-handle pulls shown as No. 1508 in the pattern book owned by Samuel Rowland Fisher.’
    • ‘An optional bail arm handle is also available.’
    • ‘Made of highly figured mahogany it retains its original large brass bail handles and keyhole escutcheons.’
    • ‘If the metal canister cap has not been removed, attempting to raise the bail handle into the operating position may damage the plunger assembly.’
    • ‘The item may or may not be provided with a bail handle and/or a spigot assembly.’
    • ‘It features a bail handle, a domed lid and a copper bottom.’
    • ‘This bail handle combines a cast handle with filigree forged rosettes.’
    • ‘Remove bail handle by lifting up off of the valve body.’
    • ‘This is a very early bail-handle tin, most likely dating to the mid/late 1800's as the top rim is hand-snipped and was not made with a replaceable lid.’
    • ‘They have a lift ring on the top and a bail handle for use on the cook fire.’
  • 5Cricket
    Either of the two crosspieces bridging the stumps, which the bowler and fielders try to dislodge with the ball to get the batsman out.

    • ‘But something was wrong with the picture - the bails remained firmly on the wicket, despite the leaning leg stump.’
    • ‘Only then did the umpires march out, remove the bails and stumps, and declare that England had won the Ashes.’
    • ‘The globe is presented in the form of a stylised cricket ball while the columns, styled as stumps and bails, represent the three essential pillars of the game - batting, bowling and fielding.’
    • ‘With no batsman the aim is simply to hit the stumps or knock the bails off.’
    • ‘The ball jagged back viciously to shatter the stumps and send the bails flying.’

Origin

Middle English (denoting the outer wall of a castle): from Old French baile palisade, enclosure baillier enclose perhaps from Latin baculum rod, stick Compare with bailey.

Pronunciation:

bail

/bāl/

Main definitions of bail in English

: bail1bail2bail3

bail3

verb

  • 1[with object] Scoop water out of (a ship or boat)

    ‘the first priority is to bail out the boat with buckets’
    • ‘This feeling grows, too, from involvement in the work of maintaining camp - pitching in when cookout fires should be built, sailboats require bailing, and cabins need cleaning.’
    • ‘The storm increases, making it impossible to bail out the swamped boat.’
    • ‘Working deep in the hold we find the faithful ones who keep bailing the bilges without regard for the Mate's view on whether they should be doing it or not.’
    • ‘The original showed two men, without war gear, baling out a boat.’
    • ‘The race had ended and this crew was waiting to get out of the boat when I noticed the woman bailing.’
    • ‘When they arrived, the sailors helped to bale out the 26 foot vessel and they were able to identify the cause of the problem as a leaking cooling pipe which was letting in the sea.’
    • ‘Until that happens, its like bailing a leaky boat to stay ahead of rising cost.’
    1. 1.1Scoop (water) out of a ship or boat.
      ‘I started to use my hands to bail out the water’
      • ‘Marvin started bailing with an oil can while Frankie stood up, machete in hand.’
      • ‘Guns never hesitated; he just got barefoot, waded in and started bailing, and the rest of us formed a chain gang.’
      • ‘After trying to get some of the water out of my raft, my hands were just too cold to continue, and I had to stop bailing and try to warm them.’
      • ‘I think that a course like this is only the tiniest step in the direction of fixing the holes in the boat, but it's more than just bailing water.’
      • ‘I bailed water into my two old kiddie pools, a smaller new kiddie pool, and two holding buckets.’
      • ‘Your friend starts bailing water with a cup while you start bailing water with a bucket.’
      • ‘What I was doing was bailing water out of the ship to keep it afloat.’
      • ‘Players of the machine can control, for example, a character who stands in a pit in the pouring rain and has to bail water with a bucket or drown.’
      • ‘Despite taking on water and having to bail all the way, the trip took only a week.’
      • ‘So they desperately start bailing water to keep the ship afloat.’
      • ‘I am tired of bailing water out after each rain and the boat lists badly because of all the water that's in it.’
      • ‘The waves were big and they broke into the boat, but we managed to bail out the water.’
      • ‘One had no water in her kicthen; the other told us that he had been bailing water with a bucket all day.’
  • 2[no object] Abandon a commitment, obligation, or responsibility.

    ‘after 12 years of this, including Sunday Mass with the family, I bailed’
    • ‘Quitters bail regardless of responsibility, commitment or timing, right?’
    • ‘If I'm at a conference that has concurrent sessions, which most do, I usually plan on bailing if I don't like it in 10 or 15 minutes.’
    • ‘Insiders are bailing while the public is gobbling up stocks.’
    • ‘I tell her about how one after another my potential clients are bailing.’
    • ‘Are you bailing because you're scared of commitment?’
    • ‘I think first you need to grudgingly, grindingly accept the fact that you may never 100% understand why she bailed.’
    • ‘John Stewart, slated to work with Dennis on the show, bails, and after searching they get Lenny something who co-starred on The Job as the replacement.’
    • ‘Lawler bailed, and the old enemies shook hands.’
    • ‘I wanted to get out of the house, and I felt bad for bailing earlier.’
    • ‘After his acceptance, he spent his time quizzing everyone he could buttonhole, then bailed and issued a ‘sell’ on the stock.’
    • ‘You can rule out the fringe candidates bailing any time soon.’
    • ‘It's suspect when a young owner is selling a new company, so be sure to find out exactly why he's bailing.’
    • ‘And as far as evidence goes, I don't see any here of anything other than a gal changing her mind (maybe even leading you on) and then bailing.’
    • ‘Tim and his girl were going to come, but he bailed at the last minute, and I couldn't get a hold of Ulf.’
    • ‘If he bails, so do I. But, you know what, I know he's not going to bail.’
    • ‘Chuck bails around the 2: 00 mark to avoid the stinkface.’
    • ‘I was consumed by it and I was unhappy, so I bailed.’
    • ‘Before bailing he recites poetry over the radio to June, a pretty American girl positioned in the R.A.F. control tower.’
    • ‘The partners on the receiving end - figuratively, obviously, in some cases - have multiple reasons for not bailing.’
    • ‘Sandy was planning on coming over with me to show off but at the last minute she bailed saying she had a headache.’
    1. 2.1North American informal Let (someone) down by failing to fulfill a commitment, obligation, or responsibility.
      ‘he looks a little like the guy who bailed on me’
      • ‘This could be an option if your climbing partner bails on you and the traverse or boulder routes are a little too difficult.’
      • ‘At the stroke of 12: 00 she was just certain we had bailed on her and they would be without food for the wedding.’
      • ‘For anyone who's not aware, it's the story of a guy, Rob, who owns a record shop and has a tendency to bail on relationships before they bail on him.’
      • ‘So after bailing on the mass market DVD's, I went out and got me a copy - in the interest of journalistic research, you understand - of Cremaster 2 to watch at home.’
      • ‘So it turned out that Mieko's date had bailed on her.’
      • ‘Seems D's blog buddy bailed on him, so I sent him a set of silly questions for this week, and he sent me ten sillier questions.’
      • ‘We are not long away from hitting the sack and although my compatriots have bailed on me, I'm still going to go take pictures of cute alpacas in the morning before I have to face this meeting from hell.’
      • ‘It's the runaway bride, the Georgia woman who bailed on her wedding and took a bus to New Mexico, leaving behind her family and fiance, who feared the very worst.’
      • ‘I bailed on Thursday's column, and tomorrow I'll have to go to the office, grab some letters, and write it at home.’
      • ‘Guys who bail on a workout program conveniently allow themselves to forget why they started one in the first place.’
      • ‘Jane bails on her career, becomes a temp and eventually lands a job in advertising.’
      • ‘Sorry for bailing on you folks so early in the evening.’
      • ‘You know, I felt bad for bailing on New York today because of the transit strike.’
      • ‘Many noted that while the company had closed fewer than 40 stores in its 40-year history, it was closing a store in a similar part of Detroit on the same day it was bailing on the Hawthorne neighborhood.’
      • ‘She was not the kind of girl to bail on a meeting for a guy.’
      • ‘Their match seems to be one made in heaven, until Winslet mysteriously bails on the bond.’
      • ‘Anyways… I'm still sorry about bailing on you guys at lunch… except well, Simon was there.’
      • ‘I just think it's rather interesting that he seems to keep bailing on his relationship with her.’
      • ‘I know that repeat business is earned on a daily basis, so don't bail on me yet.’
      • ‘In fact, I'm more worried that you would choose to bail on me now, when I'm finally happy.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • bail out

    • 1(of a member of an aircrew) make an emergency parachute descent from an aircraft; eject.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The friendly territory added another dimension, since bailing out (if necessary) meant friends on the ground for a change.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Since the tail gunner could not possibly survive bailing out, I asked him to crash land if he could.’
      • ‘Chief Arp asked the pilot for parachutes so we could bail out.’
      • ‘Homer, Bob, and Chet bailed out of the flaming B - 24.’
      • ‘The terrain was too rough for an emergency landing so I started to bail out.’
      • ‘He was flying Spitfire R6614 and was able to bail out of his stricken aeroplane but was later found dead.’
      • ‘When a young airman miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator.’
      • ‘This training is more commonly associated with fighter pilots forced to bail out over enemy territory.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I hit him good and the pilot bailed out at 200 feet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The opening scenes of A Matter of Life and Death find squadron leader Peter Carter about to bail out of his burning aircraft.’
      • ‘Captain Heily believes he must have been at 250-or 300-ft when he bailed out.’
      • ‘He bailed out of the P - 51 and it was destroyed in the crash.’
      • ‘Drill after drill had taught us that three short rings meant an emergency - one long continuous ring meant bail out!’
      • ‘It was on the 19th nine years ago, right to the hour, that I bailed out of the Super Corsair.’
      • ‘The aircraft commander alerted the crew for possible bail out but did not get a response from the tail gunner.’
      rescue, save, relieve, deliver, redeem
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      1. 1.1Become free of an obligation or commitment; discontinue an activity.
        ‘she felt ready to bail out of the corporate rat race’
        • ‘None of this means that we need to bail out of stock markets today.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘If foreigners want to bail out of Asia, they are going to be selling out of Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.’
        • ‘Colina is essentially raising the premiums of their medical plan so high, that it will force them to bail out of it.’
        • ‘As a consequence, many women writers bail out of the business.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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?’
        • ‘They didn't bail out of the covert program around the world because it's too valuable for us.’
        • ‘Last week it emerged that the leases had get-out clauses allowing companies to bale out of commitments.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘He wants to bail out of the airline, but may not get the government to pay the price he wants for his stake.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘If you bail out of a B share within five years, you'll forfeit 0.5% to 2.5% of your money.’
        • ‘Ms Manners said women who feel isolated and puzzled by complicated legal talk are much more likely to bail out of cases.’
        • ‘‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        sell up, sell out, sell
        View synonyms
  • bail someone/something out

    • Release someone or something from a difficulty; rescue.

      ‘the state will not bail out loss-making enterprises’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Residential ratepayers, taxpayers, and employees are thus to bail the industry out of its difficulties.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Parents who bail their children out in difficult times are wonderful but wouldn't teaching them how to budget be better?’
      • ‘And if property prices are stagnant or falling, we cannot rely on the wealth in our homes to bale us 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.’
      • ‘Not to mention he also had a pension for bailing the Agency out of it's roughest spots.’
      • ‘Despite all the control, the Kleinites have been bailing health and school authorities out of deficits for years.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Is it not a fraud, to pretend that Argentina can be bailed out, by saving the present obligations imposed upon Argentina?’
      • ‘Narrow margins baled us out many days, and he questioned it all players made themselves available for the senior county panel.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘I couldn't believe I was actually bailing that little witch out.’
      • ‘They also passionately looked out for each other, bailing each other out and financing each other's debts.’
      • ‘Rather than bailing the recent college grad out of debt, the elder Wright suggested he find a second job.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from obsolete bail bucket from French baille, based on Latin bajulus carrier.

Pronunciation:

bail

/bāl/