bail1 [beıl] n
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: 'keeping someone as a prisoner', from baillier 'to deliver, keep as a prisoner', from Medieval Latin bajulare 'to control', from Latin bajulus 'someone who carries loads']
1.) [U]
money left with a court of law to make sure that a prisoner will return when their ↑trial starts
Carpenter is free on bail while he appeals his conviction.
She was murdered by a man who was out on bail for rape.
The three men were released on bail pending an appeal.
He is not likely to be granted bail .
Carter has been refused bail and will remain in custody.
The judge ordered that Jones be held without bail .
Why can't you ask your father to put up bail for you?
Two of the defendants jumped bail and fled to New York.
Bail was set at $30,000.
2.) [C usually plural]
one of the two small pieces of wood laid on top of the ↑stumps in a game of ↑cricket
COLLOCATES for sense 1
(out) on bail
release somebody on bail
grant somebody bail
refuse somebody bail
post bail
hold somebody without bail (=make someone stay in prison until their trial)
stand bail/put up bail BrE (=pay someone's bail)
jump bail also skip bail British English (=not return to trial as you promised)
set somebody's bail at something (=say how much bail they must pay)
conditional bail BrE (=bail given if someone agrees to do something)
unconditional bail BrE (=bail given without having to agree to do something)
bail 2
bail2 v
[Sense: 1-2, 4-6; Date: 1600-1700; Origin: bail 'container for liquids' (15-19 centuries), from Old French baille, from Medieval Latin bajula, from Latin bajulus ( BAIL1); bail out]
[Sense: 3; Origin: BAIL1]
1.) also bail out
AmE bale out BrE [i]informal
to escape from a situation that you do not want to be in any more
After ten years in the business, McArthur is baling out.
I don't know anybody at this party - let's bail.
2.) [T usually passive] BrE
if someone is bailed, they are let out of prison to wait for their ↑trial after they have left a sum of money with the court
Dakers was bailed to appear at Durham Crown Court.
bail out phr v
1.) bail sb/sth<=>out also bale somebody/something<=>out BrE
to do something to help someone out of trouble, especially financial problems
Some local businesses have offered to bail out the museum.
Sutton bailed his team out with a goal in the last minute.
2.) bail sb<=>out
to leave a large sum of money with a court so that someone can be let out of prison while waiting for their ↑trial
Clarke's family paid £500 to bail him out.
3.) AmE also bale out
to escape from a plane, using a ↑parachute
4.) bail sth<=>out also bale something<=>out BrE
to remove water that has come into a boat

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