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

  • n. Chiefly British A means of evasion or avoidance.


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  • The only let-out is that the station must have “technological capacity”, a point which would be hard to argue by stations already offering online streaming.

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  • Cawdor-Jones was their mutual let-out; except, that was, when his solution was genuinely constructive, when they both vetoed it because they wished they had thought of it themselves.

    The Elvis Latte

  • Minimum sentencing does not sit easily in the English jurisdiction, for the very good reason that every case is different, and has to turn on its own facts, and that is why the so-called minimum has, as it must have, a let-out clause allowing the judge to take account of exceptional circumstances.

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  • "More bobbies on the beat at school are needed at let-out time to curb the explosion in casual mugging and bullying" - Ashley.

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  • And there was an early let-out that day because of the weather up in Northern Virginia.

    CNN Transcript Apr 17, 2007

  • The let-out clause, Marcus, is that the oracle at Delphi 'neither reveals nor conceals the truth.'

    See Delphi and Die

  • "New baby," I offered as a let-out for both of us.

    A Body In The Bath House

  • A let-out arrived the same evening, when I reached home.

    A Body In The Bath House

  • Contrapeso (Braziers of the Counterpoise), principally recruited from the refuse of the people, lazzaroni, bandits and let-out convicts, who were provided by Government with 20,000 muskets, and were sworn to exterminate all enemies of the Church of Rome, whether Jansenists,

    The Liberation of Italy

  • Phaddhy, although the priests were never very much his favorites, was determined to give what he himself called a _let-out_ on this occasion, simply to show his ill-natured neighbors that, notwithstanding their unfriendly remarks, he knew "what it was to be dacent," as well as his betters; and Katty seconded him in his resolution, from her profound veneration for the clargy.

    The Station; The Party Fight And Funeral; The Lough Derg Pilgrim Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three


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