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go bail

v. slang for putting up the bail money to get an accused defendant out of jail after an arrest or pending trial or appeal.

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Trelawney," said the doctor, "I'll go with you; and I'll go bail for it, so will Jim, and be a credit to the undertaking.
Even if he were not," said the curate, "I will go bail and answer for him that in this matter he will be as silent as a dummy, under pain of paying any penalty that may be pronounced.
When you were coortin' her, ye did it, I'll go bail, wi' the open hand.