Currently reading this article, there is a line, says,

Artiles declined to comment to a scrum of reporters who chased him out of jail on Thursday once he posted a $5,000 bond. “This will be decided in the courts, thank you,” he said.

Is Artiles bailing out?

Thank you for your time.

  • What @MichaelHarvey said. Also note the INTRANSITIVE to bail out is often used somewhat more figuratively to mean to stop doing or being involved with something. But people rarely intransitively bail [themselves] out of prison - it's usually a transitive usage, in that usually it's some wealthy friend/relative who bails someone [out of prison]. Mar 21 at 12:27
  • @FumbleFingers Okay, anyways, thank you for both for clearing it out no matter what viewpoint you have about my question.
    – Kentaro
    Mar 21 at 12:33
  • @MichaelHarvey: Dictionaries probably won't make it clear that intransitive to bail is extremely unlikely in a context like "I'm surprised to see you out and about today! I heard you were arrested in last night's barroom brawl", "Yeah, I was thrown in jail. But I bailed." This situation doesn't really arise where I live (UK), but I think most Americans would say "But I made / posted bail" there. Mar 21 at 12:33
  • @FumbleFingers - It's also not unusual to hear "...but I was bailed out" or "«somebody» bailed me out" in that context. Mar 21 at 15:13
  • @JeffZeitlin: Yes, that's my point. It's usually either transitive (I bailed someone out) or passive (someone bailed me out), not intransitive (I didn't want to spend the night in jail, so I bailed out). Mar 21 at 15:21

To post a bond (in US English) is to pay a sum of money to formally promise that someone accused of a crime and being kept in prison will appear for trial if released. It can be paid by the accused person, or on their behalf e.g. by a relative or friend, or by a person or company who provides a bond as a service for a fee.

Bond (Cambridge Dictionary)

'Bail out', a phrasal verb used intransitively, means 'to jump out of an aircraft with a parachute because the aircraft is going to have an accident'

Bail out (Cambridge Dictionary)

It is possible to speak of 'bailing someone (or oneself) out' of police custody. One would not, in any English variant, speak of 'bailing out' of custody.

  • Without wishing to split hairs, there's Dan Cooper who bailed out of an American airliner with a lot of ransom money 50 years ago, not because the aircraft was in danger, but because he didn't want to get caught. And he never was. fbi.gov/history/famous-cases/db-cooper-hijacking Mar 21 at 13:46
  • Do we say that parachutists bail out of the aircraft that takes them to the height and location of their intended jumps? Mar 21 at 13:58
  • In fairness it does seem to depend on the dictionary consulted: Macmillan, Merriam Webster and Longman would agree. Others speak of aircraft emergencies. But Dan Cooper's is a remarkable story and I've never previously had a chance to slip it in. Mar 21 at 14:05

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