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Topic: LAW

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: loop 'hole in a wall for shooting through' (14-19 centuries) + hole

loophole

noun
     
loop‧hole [countable]
SCL a small mistake in a law that makes it possible to avoid doing something that the law is supposed to make you do
loophole in
a loophole in the law
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