[ loop-hohl ]
/ ˈlupˌhoʊl /


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.

verb (used with object), loop·holed, loop·hol·ing.

to furnish with loopholes.

Origin of loophole

First recorded in 1585–95; loop2 + hole
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British Dictionary definitions for loophole

/ (ˈluːpˌhəʊl) /


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 for loophole

C16: from loop ² + hole
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