bailed out


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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source Link To bailed out
World English Dictionary
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]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2015, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature