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bail out

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Definition of bail out

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Verb

to bail out (phrasal verb)

  1. (transitive) To secure the release of an arrested person by providing bail money.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To rescue, especially financially.

    Once again, the industry got itself in trouble and government had to bail it out.

  3. (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.

Derived terms

  • bailout, bail-out (noun)
  • bail-out (adj)

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