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Phrasal Verbs

bail out (1)

This page is about the phrasal verb bail out (1)

Meaning: to help out someone or something that's in serious trouble, especially financial trouble

For example:

  • bail out sb/sth The government had to bail out many banks and financial institutions in the 2008 financial crisis.

  • bail sb/sth out Why do we have to bail them out with taxpayer's money? Why not just let them go bankrupt?

Nouns often used as objects with bail out (1): company, bank, lenders, borrowers, creditors

Quick Quiz:

If the government doesn't bail the company out, the company will

a. go out of business

b. make a lot of money

c. get other contracts instead

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