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Meaning of bailout

bail•out

Pronunciation: (bāl'out"), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of parachuting from an aircraft, esp. to escape a crash, fire, etc.
  2. an instance of coming to the rescue, esp. financially: a government bailout of a large company.
  3. an alternative, additional choice, or the like: If the highway is jammed, you have two side roads as bailouts.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or consisting of means for relieving an emergency situation: bailout measures for hard-pressed smallbusinesses.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.