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.
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- 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.