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escape hatch

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noun
  1. a hatch used for emergency escape, as from a submarine or aircraft.
  2. a means of avoiding a troublesome situation; a ready or handy way out.
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Origin of escape hatch

First recorded in 1920–25
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British Dictionary definitions for escape hatch

escape hatch

noun
  1. a means of escape in an emergency, esp from a submarine
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