from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A way of escaping a difficulty, especially an omission or ambiguity in the wording of a contract or law that provides a means of evading compliance.
- n. A small hole or slit in a wall, especially one through which small arms may be fired.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A method of escape, especially an ambiguity or exception in a rule that can be exploited in order to avoid its effect.
- n. A slit in a castle wall. Later: any similar window for shooting a weapon or letting in light.
- v. To prepare a building for defense by preparing slits or holes through which to fire on attackers
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small opening, as in the walls of fortification, or in the bulkhead of a ship, through which small arms or other weapons may be discharged at an enemy.
- n. A hole or aperture that gives a passage, or the means of escape or evasion.
- n. An amibiguity or unintended omission in a law, rule, regulation, or contract which allows a party to circumvent the intent of the text and avoid its obligations under certain circumstances. -- used usually in a negative sense; -- distinguished from
escape clausein that the latter usually is included to deliberately allow evasion of obligation under certain specified and foreseen circumstances.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small aperture, narrow toward the outside and splayed within, in the walls of a fortification or of any similar structure, through which small-arms may be fired at an enemy, or observations may be taken.
- n. An opening into or out of anything; a hole or aperture that gives a passage or the means of escape: often used figuratively, and especially of an underhand or unfair method of escape or evasion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small hole in a fortified wall; for observation or discharging weapons
- n. an ambiguity (especially one in the text of a law or contract) that makes it possible to evade a difficulty or obligation
Corbett has rejected the term loophole, saying that in the case of gun-safety training, Florida's standards are stricter than Pennsylvania's.
Corbett has rejected the term loophole, saying that in the case of gun-safety training, Florida's standards are more strict then Pennsylvania's.
If there turns out that a loophole is allowing for illegal aliens to get insurance, they can change it.
But a ferocious lobbying battle opened up … The availability of this loophole is a significant incentive for companies to invest in their overseas subsidiaries and take advantage of the tax shell game.
Right, but the loophole is the visa overstay, which is not the same as keeping out people we don't want to enter under any circumstances by denying them even a transit visa.
That's probably what you call a loophole because it means that we can give more than most people can.
But until we are clear what loopholes we are really talking about, the mere invocation of the word "loophole" bypasses the difficulty of getting agreement on where and how to cut.
While we're on the resolution front, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi introduced one asking the Department of the Environment to close what he described as a loophole in his 2007 plastic bag ban.
That provision-which I characterize as a loophole-means that the subsidy is actually more valuable to for-profit firms than to other types of employers.
Schumer said if the Treasury Department cannot close what he dubbed a loophole in the law, he will introduce legislation that would mandate carry-on bags as reasonably necessary for air travel.
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