escape hatch


: a hatch providing an emergency exit from an enclosed space
: a means of evading a difficulty, dilemma, or responsibility

Example Sentences

the escape hatch of a submarine
Recent Examples on the Web The Heat might have to look for a similar escape hatch to retain Orlando Robinson. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2023 After nearly a week of far-right Republicans blocking Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s bid for Speaker, the California lawmaker continues to look for an escape hatch. Eric Cortellessa, Time, 6 Jan. 2023 This escape hatch operates as a team option, effectively rendering Cooper the Cowboys’ 25th free agent. Dallas News, 21 Feb. 2022 But also, in Leonor’s need to solve her emotional turmoil through a fantasy rewrite of her life’s great tragedy, Escobar layers in some healthy interrogation about our own relationship to movies as an escape hatch from reality. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2022 What is clear is that a Maltese passport would give Mr. Thiel an escape hatch from the United States if his spending doesn’t change the country to his liking. Justin Scheck, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2022 What if people in other fields could capitalize on this self-serving escape hatch? Joe Queenan, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022 Despite the best efforts of Bryson Shaw, who transferred to USC in the offseason, the Buckeyes were often late to secure that escape hatch. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2022 Eroding union density, declining wages, and skyrocketing tuition have all made college less a path to high-paying jobs than an escape hatch from the worst-paying ones. Eleni Schirmer, The New Yorker, 27 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of escape hatch was in 1925

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“Escape hatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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