escape hatch

noun

Definition of escape hatch 

1 : a hatch providing an emergency exit from an enclosed space

2 : a means of evading a difficulty, dilemma, or responsibility

Examples of escape hatch in a Sentence

the escape hatch of a submarine

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In Josh’s opinion, nothing is keeping him in New York City — so why not give himself an escape hatch? refinery29.com, "Is Younger Setting The Stage For A Liza-Josh Reunion?," 11 July 2018 The change offers escape hatches that will be retroactive two years, even before a recent tax law ends the penalties completely starting in 2019. Author: Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration rewrites ACA insurance rules to give more power to states," 10 Apr. 2018 The change offers escape hatches that will be retroactive two years, even before a recent tax law ends the penalties completely starting in 2019. Author: Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration rewrites ACA insurance rules to give more power to states," 10 Apr. 2018 Some of the victims crawled out of the emergency exit in the back of the bus and an escape hatch on the roof. David Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "N.J. school bus collides with truck, killing teacher and student," 17 May 2018 For me, outdoor exercise is simply an escape hatch. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "When life gets too demanding, the outdoors is an escape hatch," 17 May 2018 The change offers escape hatches that will be retroactive two years, even before a recent tax law ends the penalties completely starting in 2019. Author: Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration rewrites ACA insurance rules to give more power to states," 10 Apr. 2018 The change offers escape hatches that will be retroactive two years, even before a recent tax law ends the penalties completely starting in 2019. Author: Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration rewrites ACA insurance rules to give more power to states," 10 Apr. 2018 The Indiana voucher program has also been an escape hatch for failing charter schools. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "How Mike Pence expanded Indiana’s controversial voucher program when he was governor," 28 Jan. 2018

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1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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escape hatch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of escape hatch

: a door or hatch that can be used to get out of something in an emergency

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