- property or money given as surety that a person released from custody will return at an appointed time.
- the person who agrees to be liable if someone released from custody does not return at an appointed time.
- the state of release upon being bailed.
- on bail, released or free as a result of having posted bond: He was out on bail within 10 hours of his arrest.
- to grant or obtain the liberty of (a person under arrest) on security given for his or her appearance when required, as in court for trial.
- to deliver possession of (goods) for storage, hire, or other special purpose, without transfer of ownership.
- go/stand bail for, to provide bail for: They spent the night in jail because no one would stand bail for them.
- jump bail, to abscond while free on bail: The suspect jumped bail and is now being sought.
Origin of bail1
- to dip (water) out of a boat, as with a bucket.
- to clear of water by dipping (usually followed by out): to bail out a boat.
- to bail water.
- Also bail·er. a bucket, dipper, or other container used for bailing.
- bail out,
- to make a parachute jump from an airplane.
- to relieve or assist (a person, company, etc.) in an emergency situation, especially a financial crisis: The corporation bailed out its failing subsidiary through a series of refinancing operations.
- to give up on or abandon something, as to evade a responsibility: His partner bailed out before the business failed.
Origin of bail3
Examples from the Web for bailed
These banks…are a whole lot bigger now than they were when we bailed them out in 2008 because they were too big to fail.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
Powers had no chance to evade it, and bailed out as his U-2 spun down to earth.Russia’s Missiles Stung the World Long Before MH17
July 20, 2014
They bailed, leaving Senate Republicans to defend a damaging vote that would cost them their majority.The GOP’s Apartheid Insurrection
December 10, 2013
George failed out of high school and bailed on his electrical job.The Beatles Succeeded Through Talent, Ambition, and a Lot of Arrogance
November 10, 2013
His featured guests, the band Daft Punk, bailed on him at the last minute.Highlight Reel: The Best Stephen Colbert Episode Ever?
August 7, 2013
He had been bailed out by Pete, and had forfeited his bail in an attempt at flight.The Manxman
He bailed the canoe and reloaded the musket, drifting the while.Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times
Charles Carleton Coffin
Your intuition for the one-shot gamble was the one thing that bailed us out this time.One-Shot
James Benjamin Blish
Two of them bailed up a waggoner of mine, coming out with a load from the port.A Final Reckoning
G. A. Henty
They bailed long, and it was heavy work, but they rid the ship of much water.Eric Brighteyes
H. Rider Haggard
- a sum of money by which a person is bound to take responsibility for the appearance in court of another person or himself or herself, forfeited if the person fails to appear
- the person or persons so binding themselves; surety
- the system permitting release of a person from custody where such security has been takenhe was released on bail
- jump bail or formal forfeit bail to fail to appear in court to answer to a charge
- stand bail or go bail to act as surety (for someone)
- (often foll by out) to release or obtain the release of (a person) from custody, security having been made
- (often foll by out) to remove (water) from (a boat)
- cricket either of two small wooden bars placed across the tops of the stumps to form the wicket
- a partition between stalls in a stable or barn, for horses
- a portable dairy house built on wheels or skids
- Australian and NZ a framework in a cowshed used to secure the head of a cow during milking
- See bail up
- the semicircular handle of a kettle, bucket, etc
- a semicircular support for a canopy
- a movable bar on a typewriter that holds the paper against the platen
Word Origin and History for bailed
"bond money," late 15c., a sense that apparently developed from that of "temporary release from jail" (into the custody of another, who gives security), recorded from early 15c. That evolved from earlier meaning "captivity, custody" (early 14c.). From Old French baillier "to control, to guard, deliver" (12c.), from Latin bajulare "to bear a burden," from bajulus "porter," of unknown origin. In late 18c. criminal slang, to give leg bail meant "to run away."
"to dip water out of," 1610s, from baile (n.) "small wooden bucket" (mid-14c.), from nautical Old French baille "bucket, pail," from Medieval Latin *bajula (aquae), literally "porter of water," from Latin bajulare "to bear a burden" (see bail (n.1)). To bail out "leave suddenly" (intransitive) is recorded from 1930, originally of airplane pilots. Related: Bailed; bailing.
"horizontal piece of wood in a cricket wicket," c.1742, originally "any cross bar" (1570s), probably identical with Middle French bail "horizontal piece of wood affixed on two stakes," and with English bail "palisade wall, outer wall of a castle" (see bailey).
"to procure someone's release from prison" (by posting bail), 1580s, from bail (n.1); usually with out. Related: Bailed; bailing.
Idioms and Phrases with bailed
In addition to the idiom beginning with bail
- bail out
- make bail
- out on bail
- skip bail