- the act of parachuting from an aircraft, especially to escape a crash, fire, etc.
- an instance of coming to the rescue, especially financially: a government bailout of a large company.
- an alternative, additional choice, or the like: If the highway is jammed, you have two side roads as bailouts.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for bailout
The bailout crybabies of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and all the rest are easy targets—and deserving ones, too.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
The solution was a bailout—of AIG, and of the financial system as a whole.Remember the $182 Billion AIG Bailout? It Just Wasn’t Generous Enough
October 15, 2014
In 1998, when the hedge fund Long Term Capital Management blew up, the New York Fed helped organize a $3.65 billion bailout.
Five months later, the New York Fed tried (without success) to organize a bailout of Lehman Brothers.
It then helped design and implement the bailout of insurer AIG, which, like Bear Stearns, was not regulated by the Fed.
- 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
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