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surety

noun
     
Related topics: Loans, Law
sur‧e‧ty plural sureties [uncountable and countable] law
1SCLBFL someone who will pay a debt, appear in court etc if someone else fails to do so
2

stand surety (for somebody)

be responsible for paying a debt, appearing in court etc if someone else fails to do so
3SCLSCL money someone gives to make sure that someone will appear in court

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