bail3 /beɪl / ‹Brit.› bale


I. verb

1. [with obj.] scoop water out of (a ship or boat)

the first priority is to bail out the boat with buckets.
2. scoop (water) out of a ship or boat.

I started to use my hands to bail out the water.
3. [no obj.] ( bail on)
(N. Amer.)
‹informal› let (someone) down

he looks a little like the other guy that bailed on me.
II. phrasal verbs

1. bail out
a. make an emergency parachute descent from an aircraft.
b. withdraw from an obligation or commitment

she felt ready to bail out of the corporate rat race.
2. bail someone/thing out
rescue someone or something from a difficulty

the state will not bail out loss-making enterprises.
III. derivatives

bailer /ˈbeɪlə /

– origin early 17th cent.: from obsolete bail ‘bucket’, from French baille, based on Latin bajulus ‘carrier’.

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