escape hatch

noun

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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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escape%20hatch. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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