- a small or narrow opening, as in a wall, for looking through, for admitting light and air, or, particularly in a fortification, for the discharge of missiles against an enemy outside.
- an opening or aperture.
- a means of escape or evasion; a means or opportunity of evading a rule, law, etc.: There are a number of loopholes in the tax laws whereby corporations can save money.
- to furnish with loopholes.
Origin of loophole
Examples from the Web for loophole
Would it surprise you to learn there is a loophole in federal disclosure requirements?In 2014, You Can Still Buy a Senate Seat
August 11, 2014
Critics say the loophole leads for-profit schools to aggressively target veterans to draw additional federal funding.Why the University of Phoenix’s Favorite Congressman Killed the GI College Aid Bill
July 24, 2014
Efforts to close the loophole have failed in Washington, but have gained momentum in the states.Stop Me Before I Buy a Gun Again, Begs Bipolar Man
June 6, 2014
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) acknowledged the loophole, but insisted the bill should nevertheless move forward.The NSA Wins Again. You Lose
May 22, 2014
The loophole was approved by the White House and the departments of State and War.America’s Secret Government Program to Hire Nazi War Criminals
August 2, 2013
The minister was weakening most lamentably, giving her husband a loophole to escape.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
From every side he attacked the problem, but nowhere could he find the loophole he sought.Under Arctic Ice
"Well," Captain Jerry wriggled and twisted, but saw no loophole.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
He saw it now, and saw that the only loophole was the chance this combat offered him.The Strolling Saint
For myself, if I fail, there may well be some loophole of escape.Cyropaedia
- an ambiguity, omission, etc, as in a law, by which one can avoid a penalty or responsibility
- a small gap or hole in a wall, esp one in a fortified wall
- (tr) to provide with loopholes
Word Origin and History for loophole
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.