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[beyl-out] /ˈbeɪlˌaʊt/
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, relating to, or consisting of means for relieving an emergency situation:
bailout measures for hard-pressed smallbusinesses.
Origin of bailout
1950-55; noun, adj. use of verb phrase bail out Unabridged
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  • Ford leans on consumer electronics as part of no-bailout strategy.
  • And to think this guy did it all without government bailout money.
  • The bailout only rewards scams and the ignorant people who have invested in them.
  • It might even justify all that bailout money, and help put people back to work.
  • Firstly the fixed costs of running a bailout country must be reduced.
  • They found a public that was gullible and receptive to the bailout argument.
  • The press for a federal bailout of the auto industry increased over the weekend.
  • The financial bailout package signed into law today has some bonus provisions for renewable energy and plug-in vehicles.
  • In short, the costs of the initial bailout were outweighed by the costs of doing nothing.
  • One side says war spending is the problem, the other says it's the economic bailout plan.
British Dictionary definitions for bailout


an act of bailing out, usually by the government, of a failing institution or business
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Word Origin and History for bailout

1945, in aviation, from bail (v.) + out (adv.). As "federal help for private business in trouble," from 1968.

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