escape clause

noun
a provision in a contract that enables a party to terminate contractual obligations in specified circumstances.

Origin:
1940–45

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escape clause
 
n
a clause in a contract freeing one of the parties from his obligations in certain circumstances

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Example sentences
Each policy contained an escape clause avoiding liability for a loss if there was other insurance covering the poultry houses.
The call is written using an escape clause, which is delimited by braces.
Some commenters suggested that the clause either be clarified or deleted to prevent it becoming an escape clause.
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