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escape hatch

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.
Origin of escape hatch
1920-1925
1920-25
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  • He motioned the others to stand back and began opening the dogs which secured the escape hatch.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • The light over the escape hatch indicated that someone had gone out.

    Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell
  • 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
  • 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
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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