Pronunciation: (bāl'out"), [key]
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.
of, pertaining to, or consisting of means for relieving an emergency situation: bailout measures for hard-pressed smallbusinesses. Also,bail'-out".
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