Meaning of “bail out” in the English Dictionary

"bail out" in American English

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bail out

/ˈbeɪl ˈɑʊt/
phrasal verb with bail us /beɪl/ verb [ I/T ]


to jump out of an aircraft with a parachute, esp. because the aircraft is about to have an accident:

The pilot barely had time to bail out.

fig. To bail out is also to stop doing or being involved in something, esp. to avoid failure or difficulty:

The TV show triggered a number of protests, and some of the sponsors bailed out.

(Definition of “bail out” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bail out" in Business English

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bail out

UK also bale out
phrasal verb with bail uk /beɪl/ us verb [ T, usually passive ]

[ I ] to stop doing something or being involved in something:

Investors bailed out on hearing of a first-quarter profits slump.

(Definition of “bail out” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)