To jump one's bail
Jump Jump, v. t. 1. To pass over by means of a spring or leap; to overleap; as, to jump a stream. [1913 Webster]

2. To cause to jump; as, he jumped his horse across the ditch. [1913 Webster]

3. To expose to danger; to risk; to hazard. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To jump a body with a dangerous physic. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Smithwork) (a) To join by a butt weld. (b) To thicken or enlarge by endwise blows; to upset. [1913 Webster]

5. (Quarrying) To bore with a jumper. [1913 Webster]

{To jump a claim}, to enter upon and take possession of land to which another has acquired a claim by prior entry and occupation. [Western U. S. & Australia] See {Claim}, n., 3.

{To jump one's bail}, to abscond while at liberty under bail bonds. [Slang, U. S.]

{To jump the gun}, to begin to run (in a footrace) before the starting gun has fired; hence, (fig.) to begin any activity before the designated starting time. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • To jump a claim — Jump Jump, v. t. 1. To pass over by means of a spring or leap; to overleap; as, to jump a stream. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to jump; as, he jumped his horse across the ditch. [1913 Webster] 3. To expose to danger; to risk; to hazard. [Obs.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To jump the gun — Jump Jump, v. t. 1. To pass over by means of a spring or leap; to overleap; as, to jump a stream. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to jump; as, he jumped his horse across the ditch. [1913 Webster] 3. To expose to danger; to risk; to hazard. [Obs.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jump — Jump, v. t. 1. To pass over by means of a spring or leap; to overleap; as, to jump a stream. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause to jump; as, he jumped his horse across the ditch. [1913 Webster] 3. To expose to danger; to risk; to hazard. [Obs.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • jump — [jump] vi. [< ?] 1. to move oneself suddenly from the ground, etc. by using the leg muscles; leap; spring 2. to be moved with a jerk; bob; bounce 3. to parachute from an aircraft 4. to move, act, or react energetically or eagerly: often with… …   English World dictionary

  • bail — I. /beɪl / (say bayl) noun 1. (in criminal proceedings) the release of a prisoner from legal custody into the custody of persons acting as sureties, undertaking to produce the prisoner to the court at a later date or forfeit the security… …   Australian English dictionary

  • jump bail — or[skip bail] {v. phr.}, {informal} To run away and fail to come to trial, and so to give up a certain amount of money already given to a court of law to hold with the promise that you would come. * /The robber paid $2000 bail so he wouldn t be… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • jump bail — or[skip bail] {v. phr.}, {informal} To run away and fail to come to trial, and so to give up a certain amount of money already given to a court of law to hold with the promise that you would come. * /The robber paid $2000 bail so he wouldn t be… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • jump — /dʒʌmp / (say jump) verb (i) 1. to spring clear of the ground or other support by a sudden muscular effort; propel oneself forwards, backwards, upwards, or downwards; leap. 2. to move or go quickly: she jumped into a taxi. 3. to rise suddenly or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • bail — bail1 /bayl/, Law. n. 1. property or money given as surety that a person released from custody will return at an appointed time. 2. the person who agrees to be liable if someone released from custody does not return at an appointed time. 3. the… …   Universalium

  • bail — 1 / bāl/ n [Anglo French, act of handing over, delivery of a prisoner into someone s custody in exchange for security, from bailler to hand over, entrust, from Old French, from Latin bajulare to carry (a burden)] 1: the temporary release of a… …   Law dictionary

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