loophole

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
loophole

Plural
loopholes

A loophole.
  1. (countable) (old, no longer used) A loophole is a slit in a castle wall.
  2. (countable) (figurative) A loophole is a method of escape through the ambiguity in a rule or law that can be exploited.

Verb[change]

Plain form
loophole

Third-person singular
loopholes

Past tense
loopholed

Past participle
loopholed

Present participle
loopholing

  1. (transitive) (military) If you loophole a building, you prepare it for defense by preparing slits or holes to attack any invaders.
  2. (transitive) If you loophole a rule, you exploit it by means of loopholes.