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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
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