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Definition of the verb bail out

What does bail out mean as a doing phrase?


  1. free on bail
  2. remove (water) from a boat by dipping and throwing over the side
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of bail out: bale out
    • more generic terms: remove / take / take away / withdraw = remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

Alternative definition of the verb bail out


  1. [transitive] To secure the release of an arrested person by providing bail money.
  2. [transitive, nautical] To remove water from a boat by scooping it out.
  3. [transitive, idiomatic] To rescue, especially financially.
  4. [intransitive, with 'of'] To exit an aircraft while in flight.
  5. [intransitive, idiomatic, slang, with 'of'] To leave (or not attend at all) a place or a situation, especially quickly or when the situation has become undesirable.
  6. [intransitive, idiomatic, colloquial, with 'of'] To sell all or part of one's holdings in stocks, real estate, a business, etc.

Specialised definition of the verb bail out

Glossary of sports / golf

if you bail out, you play safe by e.g. playing short of a green which has bunkers guarding it (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • usage: slang

to avoid or get out of trouble. There are two different senses here: Making a long putt is one way of bailing out; another is to hit a safe shot rather than risk playing the ball into a hazard


"Bail Out" is a 1989 action film written and directed by Max Kleven.


"Bail Out" a.k.a. "Bail-out" is a book by Mel TenHaken.

  • also known as "Bail-out: POW 1944-1945"


"Bail Out" is a cataloged instance, composition.


Bail out a.k.a. Bailout: A bailout is a colloquial term for giving financial support to a company or country which faces serious financial difficulty or bankruptcy. It may also be used to allow a failing entity to fail gracefully without spreading contagion. A bailout can, but does not necessarily, avoid an insolvency process. In the United States, Chapter 11, Title 11, United States Code governs insolvencies, which fall under Chapter 11, for businesses, Chapter 13, for humans, and Chapter 9, for municipalities.

Phrases with Bail out

  1. Bail Out on
  2. to bail out

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Google previewNew Zealand Māori Word Encyclopedia (2007)

by Sally-Anne Lambert

huhu SAILING To bail out vmter etc. ope To bail out a canoe ipuipu To bail water out of a canoe tiheru/tati To dash water out of a canoe; so: To bail ti To bail or more accurately to dash the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Surfing (2005)

by Matt Warshaw

BAIL OUT beginning surfers and a fairly regular occurrence for intermediates and even experts. While practical, the bail out is often frustrating and time-consuming, as it often means getting tumbled and pushed shoreward.

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As a Republican, I voted with President Clinton consistently in our efforts to bail out our European friends in Kosovo to stop genocide. I am proud of those votes. I am proud of President Clinton for that. (Gordon Smith)
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