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noun [countable] loophole pronunciation in American English /ˈlupˌhoʊl/
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pluralloopholes
 
  1. something that has been left out of a law or legal document that people can use to avoid obeying it
    He exploited a legal loophole in order to avoid paying child support.
    close a loophole in something (=correct it): The new law has closed a loophole that enabled rich corporations to pay no tax.
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The original meaning of loophole was a long narrow window in the wall of a castle, through which arrows could be fired against attackers. It acquired its modern meaning in the late 17th century.
 

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