escape hatch


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
Recent Examples on the Web Residents of Taylor and Warren have filed petitions seeking annexation into Plain City and West Haven as an escape hatch. Cathy Mckitrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, "A Weber County ballot question on creating a new city is as contentious as it is confusing," 6 Sep. 2020 But would that be a harder escape hatch to trigger as a full member (albeit temporary) of the ACC and not as an independent? Eric Hansen, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Notre Dame facing uncertainty as football program hits pause," 20 Aug. 2020 Surviving the extreme conditions of an animal's digestive system is a wild card that depends on the prey animal's ability to move quickly through to the, ahem, escape hatch. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Eaten water beetles stay alive by escaping through the predator's anus," 3 Aug. 2020 The Monell escape hatch for cities is unjustified and dangerous. Peter H. Schuck, WSJ, "The Other Police Immunity Problem," 24 June 2020 But on Sherwood’s computer, there is an escape hatch. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "Can't watch March Madness for real? Simulate your own game," 22 Mar. 2020 At a time when Americans are wary of rubbing elbows with strangers, the drive-in theater, a low-tech vestige of another era, has emerged across the country as a popular escape hatch. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "At the Drive-In: Thrills, Chills, Popcorn and Hand Sanitizer," 16 May 2020 The idea that there might be an escape hatch from the fear and grief many of us are feeling, however temporary, has never been more seductive. Pia Ceres, Wired, "I Can’t Stop Escaping Into Google Photos’ Nostalgia Vortex," 3 May 2020 With its increasingly strident demands in recent weeks, North Korea is playing a delicate game in denying itself an escape hatch from Kim’s year-end deadline., "SEOUL — The clock is almost ticked out.," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of escape hatch

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Sep 2020

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“Escape hatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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