(French, bailler). To deliver up.
or bail below
. A bail given to the sheriff, after arresting a person, to guarantee that the defendant will appear in court at any day and time the court demands. Special bail
or bail above
, consists of persons who undertake to satisfy all claims made on the defendant, and to guarantee his rendering himself up to justice when required.
To bail up.
To disarm before robbing, to force to throw up the arms. (Australian.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894