There are 3 definitions of bail in English:

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Pronunciation: /beɪl
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1The temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial, sometimes on condition that a sum of money is lodged to guarantee their appearance in court: he has been released on bail
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  • The defendants were released on bail at Cork District Court yesterday for sentencing on February 15.
  • A Kirkwall man was released on bail from Kirkwall Sheriff Court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to assault and breach of the peace.
  • Howley was charged with the first of these alleged offences on Friday - two days after he was released on bail from Kirkwall Sheriff Court for a catalogue of admitted crimes.
1.1Money paid by or for someone in order to secure their release on bail: they feared the financier would be tempted to forfeit the £10 million bail and flee
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  • His family today confirmed they cannot pay the five million drachma bail money which has been set by the judges presiding over his case.
  • The great grandson of the famed make-up artist was supposed to be wearing an electronic tracking device while free on $1 million bail.
  • If one of the world's most famous entertainers did not show up in one hour, he would be sent to jail, losing $3 million bail.

verb

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Release or secure the release of (a prisoner) on payment of bail: nine were bailed on drugs charges [with object and infinitive]: he was bailed to appear at Durham Crown Court
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  • Prisoners being bailed to return to the station will also be dealt with separately from those being kept in custody.
  • He was bailed to appear at Swadlincote Magistrates' Court on 12 th October.
  • We see no necessity for a defendant who is bailed to be expressly warned that, if he absconds, he may be tried in his absence, for that has been the English common law for over a century.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, literally 'custody, jurisdiction', from bailler 'take charge of', from Latin bajulare 'bear a burden'.

Phrases

go bail (or stand bail)

Act as surety for an accused person: offering to stand bail for a guy who had been involved in a vicious attack
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  • The men were taken to Inverness and held without trial, but Highlanders from all over Scotland rallied to their cause, standing bail for them and eventually paying their fines.
  • In the original classical legend it is Phintias (of which ‘Pythias’ is a corruption), not Damon, who is sentenced, and Damon goes bail for him.
  • He cannot speak of integrity and loyalty when he did not even appear to stand bail for the No 1 couple in this country, Mr and Mrs Panday.

jump bail

informal Fail to appear for trial after being released on bail: he jumped bail and was on the run until his arrest
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  • When both of them are set after the same slimy car thief who has jumped bail things get out of hand.
  • An east Yorkshire man who jumped bail after being arrested for drug smuggling eight years ago was jailed for six months yesterday.
  • He jumped bail right after the murders and was on the lamb for more than 20 years.

post bail

Pay a sum of money as bail: if a defendant can post bail and presents no threat, he should be allowed to await trial at home
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  • The construction worker was arrested and released after posting bail.
  • So when his family posted bail after several months of pretrial detention, Tyson went looking for a reporter.
  • The two were taken into custody after failing to post bail of 50 million Nepalese rupees each, the reports said.

Derivatives

bailable

adjective
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  • Why is it so easy for a judge to issue a bailable warrant for arrest, before any investigation has been conducted into the charges against the accused?
  • No bail must be granted for non bailable offences.
  • The People's Forum has welcomed the announcement by the Vice-President that Cabinet has approved amendment of the law relating to theft of motor vehicles to make the offence bailable.

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There are 3 definitions of bail in English:

bail2

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Pronunciation: /beɪl
 
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noun

1 (usually bails) Cricket Either of the two crosspieces bridging the stumps, which the bowler and fielders try to dislodge with the ball to get the batsman out: the Lancashire captain was at full stretch as the wicketkeeper took off the bails
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  • The globe is presented in the form of a stylised cricket ball while the columns, styled as stumps and bails, represent the three essential pillars of the game - batting, bowling and fielding.
  • But something was wrong with the picture - the bails remained firmly on the wicket, despite the leaning leg stump.
  • Only then did the umpires march out, remove the bails and stumps, and declare that England had won the Ashes.
2A bar which holds something in place, in particular:
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  • We went back out to the middle, took a light reading and removed the bails.
  • Pull wire signal arm (bail arm) down to start ice making.
  • The curl of the bail secures the bail end in the ear and the continuing curl avoids any puncturing of the adjacent side wall of the pail.
2.1A bar on a typewriter or computer printer which holds the paper steady.
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  • The bail arm on this printer raises whilst the machine is printing.
  • Pull the bail arm toward the front of the printer.
  • If not, it will catch on the bail arm as it advances.
2.2 Climbing A bar on a crampon which fits into a groove in the sole of a boot.
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  • If you are using the bail rings, you'll want to sew a loop in each end of the strap.
  • The Sabretooths are step-in crampons with stainless-steel heel and toe bails, which make them a breeze to put on with popsicle fingers at midnight.
  • They may have grooves at front and back for crampon toe bails and heel clamps.
2.3A bar separating horses in an open stable.
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  • These rugged buckets feature a reinforced bail attachment.
  • It has a one piece metal ring around the parameter in which the bail is connected.
2.4Australian/NZ A movable framework for securing the head of a cow during milking.
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  • Down one side of the shed we're in, all the cows are standing quietly with their heads gently locked through steel bails.
  • To do this, they had to walk backwards out of the bail.
  • Most cows require a cow bail to be milked in, which is best situated in a small yard within her paddock.

verb

[with object] Australian/NZ Back to top  
1 (usually bail up) Confront (someone) with the intention of robbing them: they bailed up Mr Dyason and demanded his money
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  • Tom bails up Rupert and the two of them fight hard over who is most loyal to Rob.
  • It was a different story in the streets where, at least once, they were bailed up by police, summarily accused and punished, without any opportunity of putting their case.
  • At least I think that's what he's doing when he surges off to bail up bewildered passers-by.
1.1Detain (someone) in conversation, especially against their will: students will bail up Canberrans on Friday for donations for the Royal Blind Society
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  • Serena goes back to school where she is bailed up by Susan and questioned about her behaviour, especially in the teacher's class.
  • Before he can finish the call he's bailed up by a teacher, and sent to the office.
  • A man bailed me up in a car park years ago, after a talk I'd given about war, to tell me his story.
2Secure (a cow) during milking.
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  • It's no good crying over spilt milk; all we can do is bail up another cow.
  • He spent his time cattle herding and bailing the cows for the milkers.
  • Cows are bailed quietly and smoothly under close supervision.

Origin

Middle English (denoting the outer wall of a castle): from Old French baile 'palisade, enclosure', baillier 'enclose', perhaps from Latin baculum 'rod, stick'.

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There are 3 definitions of bail in English:

bail3

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Pronunciation: /beɪl
 
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(British also bale)

verb

1 [with object] Scoop water out of (a ship or boat): the first priority is to bail out the boat with buckets
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  • Until that happens, its like bailing a leaky boat to stay ahead of rising cost.
  • When they arrived, the sailors helped to bale out the 26 foot vessel and they were able to identify the cause of the problem as a leaking cooling pipe which was letting in the sea.
  • Working deep in the hold we find the faithful ones who keep bailing the bilges without regard for the Mate's view on whether they should be doing it or not.
1.1Scoop (water) out of a ship or boat: I started to use my hands to bail out the water
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  • It is like Team New Zealand bailing water out of the boat - it did not matter.
  • Several members of the assisting-boat crew boarded the sinking fisher and helped bail the rising water.
  • That left the rest of the group to use their hands and a small rubber container to bail water out of the boat as they struggled to stay afloat.
2 [no object] (bail on) North American informal Let (someone) down: he looks a little like the other guy that bailed on me
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  • Anyways… I'm still sorry about bailing on you guys at lunch… except well, Simon was there.
  • Guys who bail on a workout program conveniently allow themselves to forget why they started one in the first place.
  • Many noted that while the company had closed fewer than 40 stores in its 40-year history, it was closing a store in a similar part of Detroit on the same day it was bailing on the Hawthorne neighborhood.

Origin

early 17th century: from obsolete bail 'bucket', from French baille, based on Latin bajulus 'carrier'.

Phrasal verbs

bail out

Make an emergency parachute descent from an aircraft.
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  • Chief Arp asked the pilot for parachutes so we could bail out.
  • When a young airman miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator.
  • It was just like in the movies when the Corsair takes a hit from the Zero, and the aircraft trails smoke just before the pilot bails out - except we didn't have parachutes, and this wasn't a movie.
Withdraw from an obligation or commitment: she felt ready to bail out of the corporate rat race
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  • Because now he's done the time, Joe is ready to bail out of EastEnders and try his hand at something other than quivering his bottom lip and having bad facial hair.
  • Given the political realities, anyone under the age of 50 should be agitating to bail out of the sinking ship and obtain the right to save money, rather than relying on the whims of the political process.
  • Should I bail out of this line right now, or should I stick it out a bit longer and hope that the lady finds a working credit-card soon?
Synonyms
sell up, sell out, sell; withdraw, retreat, beat a retreat, quit, give up, abandon ship

bail someone/thing out

Rescue someone or something from a difficulty: the state will not bail out loss-making enterprises
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  • For his part, the defendant repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, insisting he had dug deep into his own pockets to bail the church out of financial difficulties.
  • Desmond had bailed him out of financial difficulties by lending him £46,000.
  • Residential ratepayers, taxpayers, and employees are thus to bail the industry out of its difficulties.

Derivatives

bailer

noun
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  • He has been driving through the flooded River Derwent with passengers sitting on straw bailers in the trailer.
  • The freshly mown hay lies in the hot sun waiting for the bailer to make bales and be done.
  • My Dad would follow behind with the square hay bailer and he would bail the hay.

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