Definition of bale out
1 : to jump out of an airplane with a parachute The pilot baled out just before the plane crashed.
2 : to leave or escape a harmful or difficult situation Most investors have baled out of the business.
Word by Word Definitions
: great evil
: woe, sorrow
: a large bundle of goods
: a large closely pressed package of merchandise bound and usually wrapped
: to make up into a bale
: in a direction away from the inside or center
: from among others
: eject, oust
: to identify publicly as being such secretly
: to identify as being a closet homosexual
: used as a function word to indicate an outward movement
: situated outside : external
: situated at a distance : outlying
: one who is out of office or power or on the outside
: an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball
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