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

Recent Examples on the Web

The inheritance tax, with a 40% rate that nobody pays, a large exemption and multiple escape hatches, isn’t an example. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "When the Fever Passes, Learn From Trump’s Taxes," 12 Oct. 2018 The radical inclusion is made possible by these secret escape hatches. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of escape hatch

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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