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Definition an ambiguity (especially one in the text of a law or contract) that makes it possible to evade a difficulty or obligation
  • Reagan was a president who cut income taxes dramatically but also closed corporate loopholes...
    Ross Douthat & Reihan Salam  --  Grand New Party
  • There was, apparently, no considered loopholes.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • When he first heard Cornelius's voice demanding admittance, it brought merely the hope of a loophole for escape.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • The only thing that interests me now is the problem of circumventing the machine, learning if the inevitable admits a loophole.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Belle was at one of the loopholes.
    Louis L'Amour  --  The Broken Gun
  • We've got Cust on the Doncaster murder-the bloodstained coat, the knife-not a loophole there.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • I frowned, my mind racing, looking for loopholes.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • After Comrade Pillai left, Inspector Thomas Mathew went over their conversation in his mind, teasing it, testing its logic, looking for loopholes.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Obviously Mattie knew what there was to know about loopholes.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • When Mabel awoke the light of the sun was streaming in through the loopholes, and she found that the day was considerably advanced.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • You've just got to make sure you close the loopholes.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Not a loophole was left, through which the bravest, the most cunning man might escape.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • But it left me no loophole for escape—no chance to be the common, weak creature I am.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • I want to have every loophole plugged up before I announce anything whatever!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • —but I got a clipped, cold no. A no without loopholes.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He thought he could see Kreacher struggling to see a loophole in the instructions he had just been given and waited.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • His freedom wouldn't be based on some tricky legal loophole or the exploitation of a technicality.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He went looking for a loophole and quickly found one: Beginner's Spanish.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • "You're still looking for the way out, the loophole in the deal that means you can pack your bags and go without consequences.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • "Ah!" said I, pressing him, for I thought I saw him near a loophole here; "but would that be your opinion at Walworth?"
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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