escape hatch


noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. escapade,
  2. escape,
  3. escape artist,
  4. escape beat,
  5. escape clause,
  6. escape key,
  7. escape mechanism,
  8. escape notice,
  9. escape pipe,
  10. escape rhythm

Origin of escape hatch

First recorded in 1920–25

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British Dictionary definitions for escape hatch

escape hatch

noun

a means of escape in an emergency, esp from a submarine
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