from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A clause in a contract that specifies the conditions under which the promisor is relieved of liability for failure to meet the terms of the contract.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any clause, term or condition in a contract that allows a party to that contract to avoid having to perform the contract or cancel it.


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  • There was no longer any escape clause about "closing the Volga with gunfire," and the Caucasian objectives were no longer confined by Maikop and Proletarskaya, but included the whole oil-bearing region.


  • Granted the necessity of occupying the Donetz basin and protecting it with the "buffer" of steppe in the large bend of the Don, Stalingrad constituted an acceptable strategic long-stop — particularly when its actual capture was subject to the escape clause cited above.



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