: a container used to remove water from a boat
bailed; bailing; bails
: to clear (water) from a boat by dipping and throwing over the side —usually used with out
bailing water out of the boat
: to clear water from by dipping and throwing —usually used with out
had to start bailing out the rowboat
: bail out sense 2
You can't say he has ever bailed when things got tough, because that's just not true.—Richard Hoffer
Before the party moved elsewhere, I bailed, exhausted.—Steve Hirdt
law : the temporary release of a prisoner in exchange for security (see security sense 2a) given for the prisoner's appearance at a later hearing
being held without bail
The suspect is now out on bail.
law : security given for the release of a prisoner on bail
Bail was set at $300,000.
a motion to reduce bail
law : one who provides bail
bailed; bailing; bails
: to temporarily release (a prisoner) in exchange for security (see security sense 2a) given for appearance at a later hearing : to release under bail (see bail entry 3 sense 1)
: to procure the release of by giving bail (see bail entry 3 sense 2) —often used with out
Her lawyer bailed her out of jail.
: to help from a predicament —used with out
His parents are always bailing him out of trouble.bail out impoverished countries
: a U-shaped strip used to support something (such as the cover of a wagon or the canopy of a small boat)
: a hinged bar for holding paper against the platen of a typewriter
: a usually arched handle (as of a kettle or pail)
bailed; bailing; bails
: to deliver (personal property) in trust to another for a special purpose and for a limited period
: a device for confining or separating animals
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NounSince his arrest, Masterson has been out of jail on a $3.3 million bail. —Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 31 May 2023 He is charged with second-degree assault and three counts of assaulting an officer in the case, records show, and is being held without bail ahead of a release hearing. —oregonlive, 30 May 2023 Dinis Moreira, 69, pleaded not guilty to one count of murder and was ordered held without bail, Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said in a statement. —Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2023 King is being held without bail and his next court date is set for June 5. —David K. Li, NBC News, 24 May 2023 Maxwell was initially released on bond, but has been in custody since August 2022, when his bail was revoked. —Kerry Breen, CBS News, 24 May 2023 In a Tuesday filing, the Ninth Circuit court denied her request to remain free on bail pending her appeal. —Catherine Thorbecke, CNN, 17 May 2023 His bail was set at $123,500 as of Tuesday, and his attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. —Isabella Volmert, Dallas News, 16 May 2023 The Marine Corps veteran who placed Jordan Neely in a fatal chokehold on a New York City subway was charged with second-degree manslaughter and released from custody after a judge set bail at $100,000. —James Fanelli, wsj.com, 12 May 2023
VerbOfficers chased the car on a freeway and city streets until Walker bailed from the still-moving vehicle, ignored officers' commands and ran into a parking lot where he was killed while wearing a ski mask, bodycam video showed. —CBS News, 17 Apr. 2023 The bill also revises several statutes related to bail, pretrial detention and pretrial release, including prohibiting certain offenders from being released prior to their first appearance. —Amanda Rabines, Orlando Sentinel, 14 Apr. 2023 Starter Adam Wainwright struggled in the opening inning, but St. Louis Cardinals teammate Paul Goldschmidt bailed him out with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first. —Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2023 Liu was released without charge and without having to post bail the following day and quickly returned to China. —Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 3 Oct. 2022 In such cases, the buyer can bail with minimal consequences. 6. —Byard Duncan, ProPublica, 17 May 2023 Following the controversy over Perrone’s e-mail, the School Committee’s second choice for superintendent bailed after high school students raised concerns over her comments on social media about transgender women in sports. —Mandy Mclaren, BostonGlobe.com, 10 May 2023 Its subsequent repeal in 1999 helped create institutes that became too big to fail, encouraging bankers to make speculative bets in the belief the government would use taxpayer money to bail them out when things go wrong, critics say. —Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 8 May 2023 In November 2022, voters overwhelmingly passed Aniah’s Law, changing Section 16 of the constitution, which concerns the right to bail, a right also covered under the 8th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. —Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 21 Apr. 2023 See More
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