Definition of escape hatch in English:

escape hatch

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  • 1A hatch for use as an emergency exit, especially from a submarine, ship, or aircraft.
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    • Rescue divers approach the distressed submarine and use the submarine's escape hatch to transfer emergency life support stores.
    • But all hope was lost on the ninth day when divers released the outer aft escape hatch of the submarine and found that it was completely flooded.
    • That's when someone opened the escape hatch on top of the aircraft in the cockpit, Wilson said.
  • 1.1A means of retreat from or avoidance of a difficulty or problem: you shouldn’t rush into marriage, looking at divorce as an escape hatch if things don’t work out
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    • Medication has always seemed like some sort of bogus escape hatch, a way around dealing with reality and the issues at hand.

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