loophole


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loop·hole

 (lo͞op′hōl′)
n.
1. A way of avoiding or escaping a cost or legal burden that would otherwise apply by means of an omission or ambiguity in the wording of a contract or law.
2. A small hole or slit in a wall, especially one through which small arms may be fired.

[loop + hole.]

loophole

(ˈluːpˌhəʊl)
n
1. an ambiguity, omission, etc, as in a law, by which one can avoid a penalty or responsibility
2. (Fortifications) a small gap or hole in a wall, esp one in a fortified wall
vb
(tr) to provide with loopholes
[C16: from loop2 + hole]

loop•hole

(ˈlupˌhoʊl)

n.
1. a narrow opening in the wall of a fortification for observation, the admission of light or air, or the discharge of weapons.
2. any similar opening or aperture.
3. a means of escape or evasion, esp. a means or opportunity of evading a law, contract, etc.
[1585–95; loop2 + hole]

loophole


Past participle: loopholed
Gerund: loopholing

Imperative
loophole
loophole
Present
I loophole
you loophole
he/she/it loopholes
we loophole
you loophole
they loophole
Preterite
I loopholed
you loopholed
he/she/it loopholed
we loopholed
you loopholed
they loopholed
Present Continuous
I am loopholing
you are loopholing
he/she/it is loopholing
we are loopholing
you are loopholing
they are loopholing
Present Perfect
I have loopholed
you have loopholed
he/she/it has loopholed
we have loopholed
you have loopholed
they have loopholed
Past Continuous
I was loopholing
you were loopholing
he/she/it was loopholing
we were loopholing
you were loopholing
they were loopholing
Past Perfect
I had loopholed
you had loopholed
he/she/it had loopholed
we had loopholed
you had loopholed
they had loopholed
Future
I will loophole
you will loophole
he/she/it will loophole
we will loophole
you will loophole
they will loophole
Future Perfect
I will have loopholed
you will have loopholed
he/she/it will have loopholed
we will have loopholed
you will have loopholed
they will have loopholed
Future Continuous
I will be loopholing
you will be loopholing
he/she/it will be loopholing
we will be loopholing
you will be loopholing
they will be loopholing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been loopholing
you have been loopholing
he/she/it has been loopholing
we have been loopholing
you have been loopholing
they have been loopholing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been loopholing
you will have been loopholing
he/she/it will have been loopholing
we will have been loopholing
you will have been loopholing
they will have been loopholing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been loopholing
you had been loopholing
he/she/it had been loopholing
we had been loopholing
you had been loopholing
they had been loopholing
Conditional
I would loophole
you would loophole
he/she/it would loophole
we would loophole
you would loophole
they would loophole
Past Conditional
I would have loopholed
you would have loopholed
he/she/it would have loopholed
we would have loopholed
you would have loopholed
they would have loopholed

loophole

A way of evading a penalty or obligation made possible by a legal ambiguity or omission.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.loophole - an ambiguity (especially one in the text of a law or contract) that makes it possible to evade a difficulty or obligation
contract - a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
ambiguity - an expression whose meaning cannot be determined from its context
2.loophole - a small hole in a fortified wall; for observation or discharging weapons
hole - an opening deliberately made in or through something

loophole

noun let-out, escape, excuse, plea, avoidance, evasion, pretence, pretext, subterfuge, means of escape They exploit some loophole in the law to avoid prosecution.
Translations

loophole

[ˈluːphəʊl] N
1. (Mil) → aspillera f, tronera f
2. (fig) → escapatoria f; (in law) → laguna f, resquicio m legal
every law has a loopholehecha la ley, hecha la trampa

loophole

[ˈluːphəʊl] n (in law, legislation)lacune f; (in argument)faille f
a legal loophole → un vide juridique
a tax loophole → une lacune dans la législation fiscale
to close a loophole → combler une lacune

loophole

[ˈluːpˌhəʊl] n (fig) → scappatoia, via d'uscita
References in classic literature ?
He slowly climbed the stairs of the towers, filled with a secret fright which must have been communicated to the rare passers-by in the Place du Parvis by the mysterious light of his lamp, mounting so late from loophole to loophole of the bell tower.
Cassy had remarked the young man from her loophole in the garret, and seen him bear away the body of Tom, and observed with secret exultation, his rencontre with Legree.
said I, pressing him, for I thought I saw him near a loophole here; "but would that be your opinion at Walworth?
At last, with intense relief, I saw dimly coming up, a foot to the right of me, a slender loophole in the wall.
He persisted until, at last, he had not sufficient strength to rise and cast his supper out of the loophole.
Only one of your fair hands," said Maritornes, "to enable her to vent over it the great passion passion which has brought her to this loophole, so much to the risk of her honour; for if the lord her father had heard her, the least slice he would cut off her would be her ear.
When they arrived Grimaud went carelessly and sat down by a loophole in the wall, letting his legs dangle outside.
The girl, standing pale and rigid against the farther wall, sought with ever-increasing terror for some loophole of escape.
But the guns remained loaded, the loopholes in blockhouses and entrenchments looked out just as menacingly, and the unlimbered cannon confronted one another as before.
Yet that grief and this joy were alike outside all the ordinary conditions of life; they were loopholes, as it were, in that ordinary life through which there came glimpses of something sublime.
She left the chapel--very slowly and often turning back to gaze again--and coming to a low door, which plainly led into the tower, opened it, and climbed the winding stair in darkness; save where she looked down, through narrow loopholes, on the place she had left, or caught a glimmering vision of the dusty bells.
I have induced you to take a charming promenade; here is a delicious breakfast; and yonder are five hundred persons, as you may see through the loopholes, taking us for heroes or madmen--two classes of imbeciles greatly resembling each other.