- 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
Related Wordsgouge, lift, dig, scrape, remove, load, douse, parole, rescue, pardon, clear, relieve, extricate, acquit, release, discharge, dismiss, save, lade, grub
Examples from the Web for bailing
As with AIG, the government essentially bailed out the financial system by bailing out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Remember the $182 Billion AIG Bailout? It Just Wasn’t Generous Enough
October 15, 2014
Once publishers of two solid media companies, the family is bailing on ‘The Washington Post.’The Graham Family’s Shock ‘Washington Post’ Sale to Jeff Bezos
August 6, 2013
The Europeans are drawing a line at bailing out Russian oligarchs who park money in Cyprus.Cyprus’s Emotionally Satisfying, But Likely Ineffective ‘Bail-in’
March 25, 2013
It sure looks like Pawlenty is bailing out to go work for the bailed-out.Pawlenty Leaves Romney Campaign for Financial Lobby Job
September 20, 2012
Nor should the poorer countries be browbeaten into bailing out the rich ones.Obama and Felipe Calderón Blow Chance to Talk Substance at G-20
John M. Ackerman
June 21, 2012
In the boat the man with the bailing can turned up an impassive countenance.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
After the third bailing the hole would fill with filtered water.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
She was down on her knees on the floor of the boat at once, bailing hard.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
After a time Bradish and the cook were enabled to rest from the work of bailing.
They passed the fisherman in the Hampton boat; he was bailing his craft.
- 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 bailing
"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 bailing
In addition to the idiom beginning with bail
- bail out
- make bail
- out on bail
- skip bail