bail vs bale : Common Errors in English

About bail vs bale

You bail the boat and bale the hay.In the expression “bail out,” meaning to abandon a position or situation, it is nonstandard in America to use “bale,” though that spelling is widely accepted in the UK. The metaphor in the US is to compare oneself when jumping out of a plane to a bucket of water being tossed out of a boat, though that is probably not the origin of the phrase.

bail Meaning(s)

  • (n) (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial
  • (n) the legal system that allows an accused person to be temporarily released from custody (usually on condition that a sum of money guarantees their appearance at trial)
  • (v) release after a security has been paid
  • (v) deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period
  • (v) secure the release of (someone) by providing security
  • (v) empty (a vessel) by bailing
  • (v) remove (water) from a vessel with a container

bale Meaning(s)

  • (n) a large bundle bound for storage or transport
  • (n) a city in northwestern Switzerland
  • (v) make into a bale

bail in News

  1. Bail set at $900,000 in revenge plot for brother's death

    A man was ordered held today in lieu of $900,000 bail, charged with plotting to kill a man he thought was responsible for the murder of his brother in May.        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Chicago Tribune

  2. Bail denied for mother, caregiver charged in murder of autistic teen

    Bail was denied today for a mother and a caregiver charged with the stabbing death of an autistic teen. Prosecutors said it was a cold, calculated, premeditated murder. Prosecutors said the victim’s mother and caregiver, who is also the boy’s …
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WGN TV Chicago

  3. Bail denied for father accused of abandoning child

    A judge denied bail Tuesday for a Georgia father accused of abandoning his 4-year-old daughter in Anderson.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Anderson Independent-Mail

bale in News

  1. Bale filled with $2.5 million of cocaine found in Gulf (VIDEO)

    Published: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 17:38 PM. A large bale filled with 25 kilograms of cocaine was pulled from the Gulf of Mexico south of the Destin East Pass by five local fishermen today, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Destin Log

  2. Real to wait on Bale deal

    Florentino Perez admits Real Madrid would have no qualms paying big money for Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale, but he says they need to wait for their new coach to be appointed before making any moves.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Soccer365

  3. Real Madrid Prepared to Break World Record Fee to Sign Gareth Bale

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists breaking the world record transfer fee would be worth it for Gareth Bale , as Darren Lewis of The Mirror has reported. The Wales international has enjoyed an excellent season with Tottenham , and Real are willing to break the current record of £80 million they set in 2009 for Cristiano Ronaldo with an offer of £85 million for Bale, as Duncan Castles ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Bleacher Report

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