bail·​out | \ ˈbāl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce bailout (audio) \

Definition of bailout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a rescue from financial distress

bail out

bailed out; bailing out; bails out

Definition of bail out (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Republicans in Congress vehemently opposed the state aid, deriding it as a bailout for states that mismanaged their budgets. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Texas gets $15.8B bonanza in pandemic aid, far more than it lost in revenue," 10 May 2021 Critics contend the bill is another bailout for a highly profitable company, and marvel at the sheer gall of the attempt given the freshness of a bribery scandal that’s still unfolding. Stacy St. Clair,, "Illinois lawmakers considering legislation that could hike ComEd bills less than a year after utility admitted multimillion-dollar bribery scheme," 16 Apr. 2021 Gone is the bailout for the Perry and Davis-Besse nuclear power plants in northern Ohio. J.d. Davidson, Washington Examiner, "DeWine signs partial repeal of Ohio’s controversial nuclear power bailout," 2 Apr. 2021 The money is essentially a bailout for unions, whose generous pay and benefits have captured funds meant for subway and rail repairs. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Biden Defines Infrastructure Down," 1 Apr. 2021 This is not supposed to be a bailout, it's supposed to be about helping get the disease behind us. ABC News, "'This Week' Transcript 3-14-21: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John Barrasso, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen," 14 Mar. 2021 Republicans have blasted state assistance as a bailout for mainly Democratic areas, while Democrats have refused to give employers a shield from lawsuits over poor protection against the spread of Covid-19. Laura Litvan, Fortune, "Bipartisan stimulus deal in jeopardy as McConnell refuses to back package," 8 Dec. 2020 The companies’ limited lobbying punch meant they were largely ignored during federal bailout talks. Author: David J. Lynch, Yeganeh Torbati, Anchorage Daily News, "How the pandemic led to a rental car crisis just as Americans are ready to bust loose," 2 May 2021 The companies' limited lobbying punch meant they were largely ignored during federal bailout talks., "How the pandemic led to a rental car crisis just as Americans are ready to bust loose," 1 May 2021

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First Known Use of bailout


1939, in the meaning defined above


1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bailout was in 1925

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17 May 2021

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“Bailout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bailout

: the act of saving or rescuing something (such as a business) from money problems


bail·​out | \ ˈbāl-ˌau̇t How to pronounce bailout (audio) \

Legal Definition of bailout

: a rescue from financial distress

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