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Transcript for #3
Hello, this is Luke from Luke’s English Podcast and this year I’m teaching you a phrasal verb every day. Today’s phrasal verb is TO BAIL OUT.


Now, emmmmmm. First of all, this means to help someone or to help an organization that is having financial problems.

Okay? For example: You could say: – “The government BAILED OUT the banks”, “The government BAILED THEM OUT”. “It BAILED OUT the banks”.

So this means – due to the financial crisis (the credit crisis) loads of banks lost a lot of money and they were facing insolvency (or facing bankruptcy) and in order to rescue them, the government gave them loads (and loads) of money. Right? In order to help them continue trading as banks.

Okay? So the government BAILED OUT THE BANKS. The government rescued the banks by giving them a large sum of money.

Now, you could also use the expression BAIL SOMEONE OUT of jail. For example:

if a person has been arrested and then charged by the police and then kept in the police station (in jail)… Sometimes the judge (or the court) will decide that the person can go free before their trial if someone pays loads of money to the court.
Right? So in that case if your friend has gone to the police station, he has been arrested, you can BAIL HIM OUT. It means you can pay loads of money, you can pay the bail for the person and then they will be released from this police station, but then they will have to go back to court later on, to face trial.

TO BAIL SOMEONE OUT of prison means to pay money for someone to be released from police custody.


For example: You could say: “The suspect was released from police custody ON BAIL”. “He was released ON BAIL”.

or maybe “The judge might set BAIL” means the judge set the amount of money required to BAIL SOMEONE OUT of prison.

so, for example: – “BAIL was set at £50,000”.

TO BAIL OUT THE BANKS means to rescue the bank from insolvency: – “The Bank of England BAILED OUT the banks in 2008”


Okay? Now. What you can do here is to think about how you can use these phrasal verbs. It is important for you to practise them a little bit.
So, everytime I post one of these “phrasal verbs” lessons online, why do not you try either write a comment or record yourself saying a comment in which you use the phrasal verbs which I have just taught you. It is very good practice. Try to use the phrasal verb in a sentence that is meaningful. Maybe something that means something to you or something that is true. That is better, because it allows you to focus on using the phrasal verb in a correct meaningful way.
So, why don’t you leave a comment, using the phrasal verb TO BAIL SOMEONE OUT or TO BAIL OUT the banks.
Why don’t you leave a comment, using this phrasal verb and perhaps you may answer these questions:

1. Did the government BAIL OUT the banks in your country? And do you think this was a good idea?

2) And another question would be: – If your friend was arrested and went to prison and then they will have to go to court, would you BAIL THE PERSON OUT so that they do not have to spend the whole week in prison. Would you BAIL THEM OUT of prison? and How much would you pay to BAIL SOMEONE OUT of prison. I suppose, it depends on the crime and the person.

Did the government BAIL OUT the banks in your country?
And Would you BAIL YOUR FRIEND OUT of prison.

There you go. There will be another one tomorrow.
That is it for now. Bye Bye B

  • Alier

    My friend has been arrested for committing crime so I went to the police station and bail him out.
    Central Bank of South Sudan has bail out Agricultural Bank to start farming in the beginning of rain season.

  • Anastasiia Ivashyna

    Hi there!
    It looks like, during recent months Ukrainian government was trying to resist the practice of bailing out the banks. In many cases they were closed because of insolvency.
    Fortunately, none of my friends had committed a crime, so I didn’t need to bail them out.

  • Artem

    Hello Yes in my country government very often to BAIL OUT banks
    If my friend arested i will immidiatly to bail them out