or bail-out

  1. the act of parachuting from an aircraft, especially to escape a crash, fire, etc.
  2. an instance of coming to the rescue, especially financially: a government bailout of a large company.
  3. an alternative, additional choice, or the like: If the highway is jammed, you have two side roads as bailouts.
  1. of, relating to, or consisting of means for relieving an emergency situation: bailout measures for hard-pressed smallbusinesses.

Origin of bailout

First recorded in 1950–55; noun, adj. use of verb phrase bail out Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. an act of bailing out, usually by the government, of a failing institution or business
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Word Origin and History for bailout

1945, in aviation, from bail (v.) + out (adv.). As "federal help for private business in trouble," from 1968.

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