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
Biden secured a pension bailout that restored retirement accounts for around 350,000 Teamsters members, appointed staunchly pro-labor allies to the National Labor Relations Board and instituted labor requirements for federal contracts. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, 17 July 2024 The gross financial mismanagement required a bailout from the county that triggered a forensic audit. Nick Sullivan, The Arizona Republic, 10 July 2024
Verb
He got bailed out by a blocking foul at midcourt and sank one free throw to win it. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 10 July 2024 Jalen Brunson said this ankle breaker on Aaron Nesmith doesn’t count because he got bailed out by a goaltending call. Fiifi Frimpong, New York Daily News, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for bailout 

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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 24 Jul. 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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