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

Toward the stern, an escape hatch located above one of the bunks led to a mess area next to the galley — and just a few feet from the large, open main deck. Los Angeles Times, "Surviving crew member thought phone charging station might have sparked boat fire," 5 Sep. 2019 Brown said at a press conference on Tuesday that the sleeping area’s two exits, a stairwell and an escape hatch, were most likely blocked by fire. Rachel Desantis,, "33 Bodies Recovered, 1 Missing in Tragic Calif. Diving Boat Fire as Families Mourn Victims," 4 Sep. 2019 Thankfully Day and her team had drafted up a contract that included a reasonable escape hatch when disputes arose. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: DIA got out of a bad public-private partnership, we should stop getting into them," 23 Aug. 2019 At some point in the past decade, the bedroom replaced the garage as the primary spiritual escape hatch for suburban teen-agers who wanted to express themselves through music. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Clairo and the Fuzzy, D.I.Y. Sounds of Bedroom Pop," 12 Aug. 2019 The idea of FishED is to slow down the speed of the water so these creatures can make their way out and give them an escape hatch. Catalina Righter,, "Carroll Biz Challenge: Finalist patents device designed to help fish and people," 5 Aug. 2019 But biology occasionally grants escape hatches for experimental therapies: B cells are not absolutely required for human survival. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 This includes the state closely monitoring and protecting sea turtle nests and a mandate requiring shrimp boats to equip their nets with escape hatches. Vanna Quiroz, CBS News, "Rare sea turtles smash nesting records in parts of Southeast," 14 July 2019 Therefore, the idea of censure was popular among Democrats (and some Republicans) who were pro-Clinton and saw it as an escape hatch from the Constitution’s impeachment remedy for presidential misconduct. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why Pelosi Continues to Deflect the Censure Gambit," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of escape hatch

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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to make a temporary encampment

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