1. phrasal verb If you bail someone out, you help them out of a difficult situation, often by giving them money. [V n P + of] ⇒ They will discuss how to bail the economy out of its slump. [VP n (not pron)] ⇒ He desperately needed cash to bail out the ailing restaurant. [VP n (not pron)] ⇒ The airline had losses of $35m and was bailed out by Qantas. [Also V n P] 2. phrasal verb If you bail someone out, you pay bail on their behalf. [V n P] ⇒ He has been jailed eight times. Each time, friends bailed him out. [Also V P n] 3. phrasal verb → bail If a pilot bails out of an aircraft that is crashing, he or she jumps from it, using a parachute to land safely. [VP + of] ⇒ Reid was forced to bail out of the crippled aircraft. [VP] ⇒ The pilot bailed out safely.
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