bailout

1 of 2

noun

bail·​out ˈbāl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce bailout (audio)
: a rescue from financial distress

bail out

2 of 2

verb

bailed out; bailing out; bails out

intransitive verb

1
: to parachute from an aircraft
2
: to abandon a harmful or difficult situation
also : leave, depart

Examples of bailout in a Sentence

Noun government bailouts of large corporations Verb if the meeting seems like it will never end, find an excuse to bail out the government bailed out the savings and loan industry
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Citizens is making a splash in the capital markets, seeking up to $5.5 billion in reinsurance coverage—its largest-ever purchase—to cover itself from losses and mitigate the need for a taxpayer bailout. Dylan Sloan, Fortune, 2 May 2024 Attorneys representing shareholders who sued over the nuclear bailout scandal sought to depose Husted. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 10 Apr. 2024 Mulally helped turn around the company, which allowed Ford to be the only Detroit automaker to avoid a federal bailout and bankruptcy, as GM and Chrysler experienced three years later. Chris Isidore, CNN, 27 Mar. 2024 Hébert was among those lobbying in the days after the failure for a bailout, arguing that if the government didn’t step in to guarantee deposits, the concerns would spread and could trigger failures at other regional banks. Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 Khan’s move, which Sharif criticized in his speech, comes days before the IMF releases a key installment of a bailout loan to Pakistan. Munir Ahmed, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2024 The aim is to eliminate the fiscal deficit, part of his effort to tackle inflation and meet the conditions of the 2018 IMF bailout. Alvaro Vargas Llosa, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 Inflation is running at 28% and the latest International Monetary Fund bailout program is set to expire in March, suggesting the next leader will have to negotiate a new deal. Eltaf Najafizada, Fortune, 11 Feb. 2024 One of the leading examples is Economy Minister Luis ‘Toto’ Caputo, one of the high-flying officials of the Macri administration and, for many, the one to blame for excessive indebtedness and for rushing to the International Monetary Fund for an emergency bailout when the going got tough. Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024
Verb
After the second collision, Lopez-Avelino bailed out and attempted to flee on foot, but the Tacoma’s driver had other ideas. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 14 May 2024 In the two years that followed its publication, Citi was toppled by the financial crisis, torpedoed by its own risky investments, watched its shares plummet from $55 to about a dollar, lost billions of dollars and had to be repeatedly bailed out by American taxpayers. Emma Goldberg Sarah Mollo-Christensen Tanya Pérez Sharon Kearney, New York Times, 9 May 2024 But the duo had to bail out and parachute to safety when the craft sprang a helium leak shortly after takeoff in New Mexico. Laurence Darmiento, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2024 For example, this could affect Southerners On New Ground, which bails out Black mothers and caregivers on Mother's Day or groups like the Atlanta Solidarity Fund, which bails out protesters who have been arrested during demonstrations. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 1 May 2024 In Clark’s killing, authorities say Monroe had become fixated on his onetime friend since bailing out from jail in a prior non-injury shooting case. Jakob Rodgers, The Mercury News, 1 May 2024 Billy posted out of jail on a $5,000 bond and Kimberly was bailed out on a $20,000 bond. Jennifer Edwards Baker, The Enquirer, 17 Apr. 2024 The Vienna Boys Choir has struggled to keep up with rising costs; the Austrian government helped bail out the ensemble last year with a $884,000 grant. Javier C. Hernández, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2024 According to testimony at the trial, which began in late March, Terraform was secretly bailed out by the trading firm Jump Trading, which may have invested tens of millions of dollars to prop up UST and emerged from the deal with a profit that may have exceeded $1 billion. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1939, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bailout was in 1925

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“Bailout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bailout. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

bail out

verb
1
: to jump out of an airplane with a parachute
2
: to help from a difficult situation

Legal Definition

bailout

noun
bail·​out ˈbāl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce bailout (audio)
: a rescue from financial distress

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