the act of parachuting from an aircraft, especially to escape a crash, fire, etc.
an instance of coming to the rescue, especially 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.
Also, bail-out.

1950–55; noun, adj. use of verb phrase bail out Unabridged


3 [beyl]
verb (used with object)
to dip (water) out of a boat, as with a bucket.
to clear of water by dipping (usually followed by out ): to bail out a boat.
verb (used without object)
to bail water.
Also, bailer. a bucket, dipper, or other container used for bailing.
Verb phrases
bail out,
to make a parachute jump from an airplane.
to relieve or assist (a person, company, etc.) in an emergency situation, especially 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, bale (for defs 1–3).

1425–75; late Middle English bayle < Middle French baille a bucket < Vulgar Latin *bāi(u)la; akin to Latin bāiulus carrier. See bail1 Unabridged
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bail1 (beɪl)
1.  a sum of money by which a person is bound to take responsibility for the appearance in court of another person or himself or herself, forfeited if the person fails to appear
2.  the person or persons so binding themselves; surety
3.  the system permitting release of a person from custody where such security has been taken: he was released on bail
4.  jump bail, forfeit bail to fail to appear in court to answer to a charge
5.  stand bail, go bail to act as surety (for someone)
6.  (often foll by out) to release or obtain the release of (a person) from custody, security having been made
[C14: from Old French: custody, from baillier to hand over, from Latin bāiulāre to carry burdens, from bāiulus carrier, of obscure origin]

bail or bale2 (beɪl)
(often foll by out) to remove (water) from (a boat)
[C13: from Old French baille bucket, from Latin bāiulus carrier]
bale or bale2
[C13: from Old French baille bucket, from Latin bāiulus carrier]
'bailer or bale2
'baler or bale2

bail3 (beɪl)
1.  cricket either of two small wooden bars placed across the tops of the stumps to form the wicket
2.  agriculture
 a.  a partition between stalls in a stable or barn, for horses
 b.  a portable dairy house built on wheels or skids
3.  (Austral), (NZ) a framework in a cowshed used to secure the head of a cow during milking
4.  See bail up
[C18: from Old French baile stake, fortification, probably from Latin baculum stick]

bail or bale4 (beɪl)
1.  the semicircular handle of a kettle, bucket, etc
2.  a semicircular support for a canopy
3.  a movable bar on a typewriter that holds the paper against the platen
[C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse beygja to bend]
bale or bale4
[C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse beygja to bend]

bail out or bale out
1.  (intr) to make an emergency parachute jump from an aircraft
2.  informal (tr) to help (a person, organization, etc) out of a predicament: the government bailed the company out
3.  informal (intr) to escape from a predicament
bale out or bale out

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Word Origin & History

"bond money," late 15c., a sense that developed from that of "temporary release from jail" (mid-15c.), and that from earlier meaning "captivity, custody" (mid-13c.). From O.Fr. baillier "to control, to guard, deliver" (12c.), from L. bajulare "to bear a burden," from bajulus "porter," of unknown origin.

1610s, "to dip water out of," from baile (n.) "small bucket" (early 14c.), from O.Fr. baille "bucket, pail," from M.L. *bajula (aquae), lit. "porter of water," from L. bajulare "to bear a burden" (see bail (n.1)). To bail out "leave suddenly" (intrans.) is recorded from 1930,
originally of airplane pilots. As a noun, sometimes bailout, it dates from 1955.

"horizontal piece of wood in a cricket wicket," c.1742, originally "any cross bar" (1570s), probably identical with M.Fr. bail "horizontal piece of wood affixed on two stakes," and with English bail "palisade wall, outer wall of a castle" (see bailey).
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Idioms & Phrases

bail out

  1. Empty water out of a boat, usually by dipping with a bucket or other container. For example, We had to keep bailing out water from this leaky canoe. [Early 1600s]

  2. Rescue someone in an emergency, especially a financial crisis of some kind, as in They were counting on an inheritance to bail them out. [Colloquial; 1900s]

  3. Jump out of an airplane, using a parachute. For example, When the second engine sputtered, the pilot decided to bail out. [c. 1930]

  4. Give up on something, abandon a responsibility, as in The company was not doing well, so John decided to bail out while he could still find another job. [Second half of 1900s]

  5. See make bail.

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Example sentences
When you decide to bail out well into the program you do a great personal and
  financial disservice to your advisor.
Economically he has greatly increased the national debt by using tax payer's to
  bail out failing corporations.
Let's spend some of those bail out billions and get busy harnessing this energy.
We bail out your credit addiction and consumerism why not bail out my drug
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