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escape hatch

a hatch used for emergency escape, as from a submarine or aircraft.
a means of avoiding a troublesome situation; a ready or handy way out.
Origin of escape hatch
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Winter staggered to the escape hatch and stood by it, waiting for the others.

    Mr. Spaceship Philip K. Dick
  • Gerry asked as McTavish's red bearded face came up through an escape hatch.

    The Golden Amazons of Venus John Murray Reynolds
  • He motioned the others to stand back and began opening the dogs which secured the escape hatch.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • Rip smashed at the escape hatch above his head, grabbed propulsion tubes from the rack, and called, "Now!"

    Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet

    Harold Leland Goodwin
  • The light over the escape hatch indicated that someone had gone out.

    Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell
British Dictionary definitions for escape hatch

escape hatch

a means of escape in an emergency, esp from a submarine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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