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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LOOPHOLE

The minister was weakening most lamentably, giving her husband a loophole to escape.

From every side he attacked the problem, but nowhere could he find the loophole he sought.

"Well," Captain Jerry wriggled and twisted, but saw no loophole.

He saw it now, and saw that the only loophole was the chance this combat offered him.

For myself, if I fail, there may well be some loophole of escape.

Thus he was determined to take no risks, and leave her no loophole of escape.

I tell you I have taken every care that there is no loophole of escape.

Presently Walter succeeded in sending a bullet through the loophole.

But the adventurer did dare, and the loophole, the weak link, was exposed.

He was like his brethren—never at a loss when a loophole of any kind is required.

WORD ORIGIN

also loop-hole, mid-15c., from Middle English loupe "opening in a wall" for shooting through or admitting light (c.1300), perhaps related to Middle Dutch lupen "to watch, peer;" + hole (n.). Figurative sense of "outlet, means of escape" is from 1660s.

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nounploy, scheme, maneuver
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