bail bail  /ˈbeɪl/


  1. (n) (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial
  2. (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)
  3. (v) release after a security has been paid
  4. (v) deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period
  5. (v) secure the release of (someone) by providing security
  6. (v) empty (a vessel) by bailing
  7. (v) remove (water) from a vessel with a container


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  1. Most usually stay out on bail.
  2. Freed on $500 bail, Collins later moved with his family to Philadelphia and failed to appear in the Mobile court when his case came up for trial last month.
  3. Viewpoint: Whichever candidate would have had the courage to reject outright this bailout proposal would have the better claim to be President.


  1. La. bail agent arrested in alleged kidnapping

    A bail enforcement agent and another suspect have been arrested by Bossier City police on charges they illegally detained a man.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: KPLC Lake Charles

  2. Bail for ex-Hawk Mookie Blaylock set at $250K in fatal accident case

    JONESBORO, Ga., June 11 (UPI) -- A Georgia judge Tuesday set bail at $250,000 for former Atlanta Hawks player Mookie Blaylock on charges stemming from a car crash that killed a mother of five.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: UPI

  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 12, 2013     Source: Anderson Independent-Mail


  1. The Republicans' presidential candidate, Senator John McCain, said in an interview: "The first thing I'd do is say, let's not call it a bail-out. Let's call it a rescue. Because it is a rescue. It's a rescue of Main Street America."
    on Oct 1, 2008 By: John McCain Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "It's not the government's job to bail out speculators or those who made the decision to buy a home they knew they could never afford," Bush said in the Rose Garden. "Yet there are many American homeowners who could get through this difficult...
    on Aug 31, 2007 By: President Bush Source: Forbes

  3. "Working in a bipartisan way, we sent a message to Wall Street. The party is over," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "The era of golden parachutes for high flying Wall Street operators is over. No longer will the US taxpayer bail out the...
    on Sep 28, 2008 By: Nancy Pelosi Source: AFP

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