Sense: 1-2, 4-6
Date: 1600-1700
Origin: bail 'container for liquids' (15-19 centuries), from Old French baille, from Medieval Latin bajula, from Latin bajulus ( BAIL1); bail out
Sense: 3
Origin: BAIL1


2 verb
1 also bail out American English; bale out British English [intransitive] informal to escape from a situation that you do not want to be in any more:
After ten years in the business, McArthur is baling out.
2 [transitive usually passive] British English if someone is bailed, they are let out of prison to wait for their trial after they have left a sum of money with the court:
Dakers was bailed to appear at Durham Crown Court.

bail out

phrasal verb

bail somebody/something ↔ out

also bale somebody/something ↔ out British EnglishBF to do something to help someone out of trouble, especially financial problems:
Some local businesses have offered to bail out the museum.
Sutton bailed his team out with a goal in the last minute.

bail somebody ↔ out

SC to leave a large sum of money with a court so that someone can be let out of prison while waiting for their trial:
Clarke's family paid £500 to bail him out.
3 American English also bale outTTA to escape from a plane, using a parachute

bail something ↔ out

also bale something ↔ out British EnglishTTW to remove water that has come into a boat

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