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bail up


  • to call someone to halt, particularly when the intention is to rob. Usually used in reference to Australian bushrangers. Possible origin: to place a cow in bails prior to milking.
    He tried to bail up a traveller en route to the diggings.
    • See more words with the same meaning: to halt.

    Last edited on May 06 2011. Submitted by Chippy from Australia on Mar 04 1998.

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