from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The channel through which the water is discharged from an escape. See escape, 11.
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The law required a certain number of openings to every mine, also an escape-way with ladders by which men could come out; but it cost good money to dig holes in the ground.
As recently as last month, the company had been cited for inadequate escape-way plans for its miners and accumulations of coal dust.