from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rescue from financial difficulties: corporate bailouts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a rescue, especially a financial rescue
  • n. a backup supply of air in scuba diving


bail + out (Wiktionary)



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  • I keep hearing toxic. As in toxic assets, "the government has decided to shore up toxic loans", etc.

    October 10, 2008

  • Oh yeah. I forgot. <---deadpan.

    Stephen Colbert called it ... what was it... a steaming-hot pile of slapping assets? (I could look for the clip on, but for heaven's sake, I'm at work!)

    October 9, 2008

  • Oh, but don't forget: It's not a bailout. It's an effort to fix the problem of a frozen asset class.


    October 9, 2008

  • I think this says it all.

    October 9, 2008

  • There's an eye chart in an optometrist in Wall St that reads:
    B A I L
    O U T
    E R

    September 30, 2008

  • I have a printer at home, moll.

    September 30, 2008

  • Just waiting for "bailouter" to appear in print so I can add it to panvocalics.

    September 30, 2008