From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbail out phrasal verb1bail somebody/something ↔ out (also bale somebody/something ↔ out British English)BFMONEY to do something to help someone out of trouble, especially financial problemsSome local businesses have offered to bail out the museum.Sutton bailed his team out with a goal in the last minute.2bail somebody ↔ outSC to leave a large sum of money with a court so that someone can be let out of prisonwhilewaiting for their trialClarke’s family paid £500 to bail him out.3American EnglishTTA to escape from a plane, using a parachute syn bale out British English4bail something ↔ out (also bale something ↔ out British English)TTW to remove water that has come into a boat →bail→ See Verb table
bail-outˈbail-out noun [countable]informalBF financial help given to a person or a company that is in difficulty
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bail-out• One reason for this reaction is that the market expects a bail-out.• But when the time came for the annualbail-out, the recession-strapped CultureMinistrybalked.• Having just undertaken a costlybail-out of the thrifts and tightenedregulations, it might seem that this problem is behind us.• Monetaryreform initially dawdled along so slowly that the International Monetary Fund has suspended its bail-out funding.From Longman Business Dictionarybail out phrasal verb1[transitive] informalFINANCEbail somebody/something → out to provide money to get a person or organization out of financial troubleThese enterprises think they can force the banks to bail them out. → see alsobail-out2[transitive]bail somebody → outLAW to help someone to be setfree on bail, usually by providing an amount of money that can be left with the courtSomehow she raised the $500 to bail him out.3FINANCE [intransitive] informal if you bail out of investments that are not doing well, you sell themThe stock has climbed to the low $40s from the low $30s, giving him a chance to bail out at a loss he could live with. →bail→ See Verb tablebail-outˈbail-out (also bailout) noun [countable]FINANCE providing money to a person or organization to get them out of financial troubleLosses totaling hundreds of millions of dollars led to an expensive bailout by its parent company.