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get out of jail free card

1. (sometimes hyphenated) Something that will immediately resolve or relieve an undesirable situation, especially that which results in no or minimal consequences. A reference to the board game Monopoly, in which this card allows players to leave the jail space without missing a turn. I'm afraid there's no get out of jail free card when it comes to your taxes—you either pay them, or you pay the fine. Jonathan used his father's position in politics as a get-out-of-jail-free card to help get his drunk driving charge dismissed.
2. (sometimes hyphenated) Something that allows or is used as an excuse for poor decisions, results, standards, behavior, etc. Just because a book is part of a highly regarded series doesn't mean it has some get out of jail free card allowing it to be formulaic and poorly written.
See also: card, free, get, jail, of, out

bail someone out of jail

 and bail someone out 
1. Lit. to deposit a sum of money that allows someone to get out of jail while waiting for a trial. John was in jail. I had to go down to the police station to bail him out. I need some cash to bail out a friend!
2. Fig. to help someone who is having difficulties. When my brother went broke, I had to bail him out with a loan.
See also: bail, jail, of, out


and nailer
n. the police in general; a police officer. Old nail-em-and-jail-em is going to be knocking at your door any day now. Victor mooned a nailer and almost got nailed.
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Carol Whitney, described as the banker, 53, of Hildebrand Road, Walton, was jailed for eight years; Michael Waters, 25, of Grasmere Street, Anfield, was jailed for five years and four months; Neil Brady, 34, of Lauriston Road, Walton, was jailed for six years and nine months and street dealer Wayne Hincks, 28, of Hilary Close, Anfield, was jailed for six years and eight months.
Perez was originally jailed on suspicion of murder and Rodriguez on suspicion of carjacking.
According to Sheriff's Department records obtained this week by the Daily News, most inmates are released after serving just 10 percent of their sentences, and many thousands wind up jailed again within months on other charges.
Some theorize that leaders of the prison gang called the Mexican Mafia, or La Eme, may be ordering jailed Latinos to attack African- Americans as a sort of initiation rite.
Unlike the other jails, the North County Correctional Facility houses felons, including those jailed on ``three-strike'' offenses and awaiting sentencing to state prison.
Torres, who was jailed for selling drugs, said that over the course of 11 months, he repeatedly asked to see a doctor when one of his testicles swelled to the size of a baseball.
Middlebrook said Hahn approved a request for jail time and Pringel suggested to the judge in chambers that Simpson should be jailed.