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skip bail

To intentionally not appear in court after having been released on bail, which is a security paid to allow one to avoid imprisonment until one appears in court. Failing to appear results in the forfeit of one's bail. The worst thing you could do is skip bail—then you'll be a fugitive and everyone will think you're guilty.
See also: bail, skip

skip bail

Also, jump bail. Fail to appear in court for trial and thereby give up the bail bond (paid to secure one's appearance). For example, I can't afford to skip bail-I'd lose half a million, or We were sure he'd jump bail but he finally showed up. This idiom uses skip and jump in the sense of "evade". The first dates from about 1900, the variant from the mid-1800s. Also see make bail.
See also: bail, skip
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FROM PAGE 9: HUNT FOR ATTACK BROTHERS:Two brothers who skipped bail, leaving their father to be sentenced alone for a violent attack, are wanted by police.
Sgt Phil Radbourne, of Little Park Street police, said nine out of 10 people who skipped bail were caught, and the latest operation, named Turn Up, was to pick up the remainder.
Luster skipped bail in January shortly before being convicted of drugging and raping three women in Ventura County.
A 26-year-old Merseyside man who was found to have a knife hidden in his coat pocket and later skipped bail has been jailed for three months.
Officers and special constables went to about 70 properties across Huddersfield yesterday to seek out people who had skipped bail, failed to pay fines or were avoiding the courts.
Carl Wright was tracked down after he skipped bail in 1998 on charges of cannabis and cocaine dealing.
Michael Takoulas, 53, who skipped bail after appearing in Lerwick Sheriff Court, was jailed for two years after he admitted abusing the girls aged just 10, 11 and 12.
The businessman had skipped bail in Fiji, where he faced fraud charges, and sailed to Vanuatu.
THREE Sri Lankan men, charged over the death of Daventry teacher Deborah Peaty and her unborn child, will be put on trial even though two of them skipped bail and fled the country, a judge has ruled.
A warrant was issued for Elikem Markham's arrest after he skipped bail and failed to appear at London's Southwark Crown Court yesterday morning for sentence.
Bondsmen often hire bounty hunters to track criminals who have skipped bail.
He had skipped bail in 2008 to live the high life in the Caribbean and was convicted in his absence.
Gary Robb skipped bail in 1997 while on trial for drug offences and fled to Northern Cyprus.
Interpol has warned member countries to stay vigilant, as Polanski had previously skipped bail and defied court orders.
However the would-be assassin was not in court to receive his sentence, having skipped bail at the start of his trial last October.