Cricket. either of the two small bars or sticks laid across the tops of the stumps which form the wicket.
British, Australian. a bar, framework, partition, or the like, for confining or separating cows, horses, etc., in a stable.
bails, Obsolete. the wall of an outer court of a feudal castle.
bail up, Australian.
to confine a cow for milking, as in a bail.
to force (one) to surrender or identify oneself or to state one’s business.
to waylay or rob (someone).
bail up!, Australian. (the cry of challenge of a pioneer or person living in the bush.)
As he spoke he patted a cow on the back, and crying, “bail-up!”
The Young Berringtons W.H.G. Kingston
a sum of money by which a person is bound to take responsibility for the appearance in court of another person or himself or herself, forfeited if the person fails to appear
the person or persons so binding themselves; surety
the system permitting release of a person from custody where such security has been taken: he was released on bail
jump bail, (formal) forfeit bail, to fail to appear in court to answer to a charge
stand bail, go bail, to act as surety (for someone)
(often foll by out) to release or obtain the release of (a person) from custody, security having been made
(often foll by out) to remove (water) from (a boat)
(cricket) either of two small wooden bars placed across the tops of the stumps to form the wicket
a partition between stalls in a stable or barn, for horses
a portable dairy house built on wheels or skids
(Austral & NZ) a framework in a cowshed used to secure the head of a cow during milking
See bail up
the semicircular handle of a kettle, bucket, etc
a semicircular support for a canopy
a movable bar on a typewriter that holds the paper against the platen
“bond money,” late 15c., a sense that apparently developed from that of “temporary release from jail” (into the custody of another, who gives security), recorded from early 15c. That evolved from earlier meaning “captivity, custody” (early 14c.). From Old French baillier “to control, to guard, deliver” (12c.), from Latin bajulare “to bear a burden,” from bajulus “porter,” of unknown origin. In late 18c. criminal slang, to give leg bail meant “to run away.”
“horizontal piece of wood in a cricket wicket,” c.1742, originally “any cross bar” (1570s), probably identical with Middle French bail “horizontal piece of wood affixed on two stakes,” and with English bail “palisade wall, outer wall of a castle” (see bailey).
“to dip water out of,” 1610s, from baile (n.) “small wooden bucket” (mid-14c.), from nautical Old French baille “bucket, pail,” from Medieval Latin *bajula (aquae), literally “porter of water,” from Latin bajulare “to bear a burden” (see bail (n.1)). To bail out “leave suddenly” (intransitive) is recorded from 1930, originally of airplane pilots. Related: Bailed; bailing.
“to procure someone’s release from prison” (by posting bail), 1580s, from bail (n.1); usually with out. Related: Bailed; bailing.
To leave; cut out, split: Bruce has bailed from the scene entirely/ Most of my friends had bailed to stay with other relatives
[1970s+ college students; fr bail out]
In addition to the idiom beginning with
noun the willful failure to appear as required before a judge or court by a person out on bail Examples The prosecutor’s office filed bail-jumping charges today against the man. Word Origin 1881
- Bail out
the act of parachuting from an aircraft, especially to escape a crash, fire, etc. an instance of coming to the rescue, especially financially: a government bailout of a large company. an alternative, additional choice, or the like: If the highway is jammed, you have two side roads as bailouts. of, relating to, or consisting of […]
capable of being set free on bail. admitting of bail: a bailable offense. Historical Examples She was totally ignorant of the bailable nature of her offence, and therefore expected the utmost that can be imagined. The Chronicles of Crime or The New Newgate Calendar. v. 1/2 Camden Pelham And take a hint; this affair may […]
- Baile atha cliath
Gaelic name of Dublin. noun the Irish Gaelic name for Dublin