Bail and Bale

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Bail and Bale :

You bail the boat and bale the hay.

In the expression “bail out” meaning to abandon a position or situation, it is nonstandard in America to use “bale,” though that spelling is widely accepted in the UK.

The metaphor in the U.S. is to compare oneself when jumping out of a plane to a bucket of water being tossed out of a boat, though that is probably not the origin of the phrase.

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