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    bail out on

    Hi,

    "Sometimes girls bail out on their childhoods because it's expected of them or because their communities had nothing to offer."


    What does "bail out on" mean here? I looked it up and the meaning I got is "stop supporting someone", obviously it doesn't fit in here.


    Thank you!

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    To bail out on something means to terminate a commitment previously made. For example, you might bail out on a relationship, whether romantic, business, political or whatever. Or you might simply break a promise you had given.

    It comes from the world of wartime aviation. Literally, to bail out means to jump out of the aircraft and deploy one's parachute.

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    Re: bail out on

    According to what you said, "to terminate a commitment previously made" still doesn't fit in my sentence, does it? Could it be there is something wrong with my sentence?

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    Re: bail out on

    Is it your own sentence? If so, what do you want it to mean?

    If it's not your own, where did you find it? Who wrote it? It doesn't read like the work of a native speaker.

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    Re: bail out on

    I feel much reassured after seeing your comment that It doesn't read like the work of a native speaker. I found it on a web when I was trying to learn the expression "bail out on". It was given as a sample sentence. Now that you told me it didn't sound native, I will immediately stop dwelling on that.

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    I suppose the writer meant that girls sometimes attempt to terminate their childhood prematurely.

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