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 First, this maneuver with Elliott is the latest example of the Cowboys preserving their 2022 escape hatch on Amari Cooper. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2021 Early in 2021, as a subterranean serpent of magma migrated around the peninsula, looking for an escape hatch to the surface, the ground itself began to change shape. Robin George Andrews, Wired, 6 June 2021 The city school system does not see the virtual option as an escape hatch in case of rising coronavirus cases, but rather an alternative for a tiny fraction of its students. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Jim Moffat, a celebrated chef from San Francisco, actually did pull the escape hatch. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Aug. 2021 Section 230 has been criticized for giving tech companies an easy escape hatch from content moderation lawsuits. Brian Fung, CNN, 1 July 2021 The frenzied stock-buying activity that may have saved AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. from bankruptcy is opening up a potential escape hatch for other troubled borrowers as well. Alexander Gladstone, WSJ, 20 June 2021 Early in 2021, as a subterranean serpent of magma migrated around the peninsula, looking for an escape hatch to the surface, the ground itself began to change shape. Robin George Andrews, Wired, 6 June 2021 Early in 2021, as a subterranean serpent of magma migrated around the peninsula, looking for an escape hatch to the surface, the ground itself began to change shape. Robin George Andrews, Wired, 6 June 2021

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First Known Use of escape hatch

1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Sep 2021

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“Escape hatch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escape%20hatch. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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