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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.
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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
(tr) to provide with loopholes
[C16: from loop2 + hole]
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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.
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Past participle: loopholed
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A way of evading a penalty or obligation made possible by a legal ambiguity or omission.
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|Noun||1.||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
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noun let-out, escape, excuse, plea, avoidance, evasion, pretence, pretext, subterfuge, means of escape They exploit some loophole in the law to avoid prosecution.
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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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
loophole[ˈluːpˌhəʊl] n (fig) → scappatoia, via d'uscita
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