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bail
  • noun
    The temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial, sometimes on condition that a sum of money is lodged to guarantee their appearance in court. (he has been released on bail)
    verb
    Release or secure the release of (a prisoner) on payment of bail. (nine were bailed on drugs charges)
  • noun
    Either of the two crosspieces bridging the stumps, which the bowler and fielders try to dislodge with the ball to get the batsman out. (the Lancashire captain was at full stretch as the wicketkeeper took off the bails)
    A bar on a typewriter or computer printer which holds the paper steady.
    A fastening that secures a crampon to the sole of a boot.
    A bar or pole separating horses in an open stable.
    verb
    Confront (someone) with the intention of robbing them. (they bailed up Mr Dyason and demanded his money)
    Secure (a cow) during milking.
  • verb
    Scoop water out of (a ship or boat) (the first priority is to bail out the boat with buckets)
    Abandon a commitment, obligation, or activity.

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