bail up


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bail up

vb (adverb)
1. (Agriculture) informal Austral and NZ to confine (a cow) or (of a cow) to be confined by the head in a bail. See bail33
2. (Historical Terms) (tr) history Austral (of a bushranger) to hold under guard in order to rob
3. (intr) Austral to submit to robbery without offering resistance
4. (tr) informal Austral to accost or detain, esp in conversation; buttonhole