bail out

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See also: bailout and bail-out


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bail out (third-person singular simple present bails out, present participle bailing out, simple past and past participle bailed 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.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      But it passed, leaving us up to our knees in water. `Bail out! bail out!' shouted Job, suiting the action to the word.
  3. (transitive, idiomatic) To rescue, especially financially.
    Once again, the industry got itself in trouble and government had to bail it out.
  4. (intransitive, usually with of) To exit an aircraft while in flight.
    • 2004, Chris Wallace, Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage
      Holmes bailed out of his fighter and parachuted onto an apartment house.
    Make sure your parachute harness is securely fastened before you bail out!
  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.
    I'm going to bail out of class today.
  6. (intransitive, idiomatic, colloquial, with of) To sell all or part of one's holdings in stocks, real estate, a business, etc.
    I'm going to bail out of stocks and buy gold instead.
  7. (intransitive, with of) To make an unscheduled voluntary termination of an underwater dive, usually implying the use of an alternative breathing gas supply.

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  • (leave an aircraft while in flight): eject