loophole loophole  /ˈlup ˌhoʊl/


  1. (n) an ambiguity (especially one in the text of a law or contract) that makes it possible to evade a difficulty or obligation
  2. (n) a small hole in a fortified wall; for observation or discharging weapons


  1. Take the example of the most notorious tax loophole that exists in our law today.
  2. Once, the loophole yawned wide.
  3. The thing to know about Boll, who is German, is that he can keep making movies because of a German tax shelter loophole he takes advantage of.


  1. Legislation closing underage drunken-driving loophole approved

    Olivia Cianci News@abc6.com Legislation Closing Underage Drunken-Driving Loophole Approved   Legislation that closes a loophole for underage drunken-driving has been approved by the General Assembly.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: ABC 6 Providence

  2. Lake George advocates make waves about invasive 'loophole'

    Lake George advocates make waves about invasive 'loophole' Times Union Copyright 2013 Times Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 6:22 pm, Thursday, June 20, 2013 Lake George A plan to fight aquatic invasive species from getting into Lake George leaves open a dangerous loophole, lake advocates said. The plan would allow ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Albany Times Union

  3. Thanks to a loophole, one team built their own Porsche 917 and raced it at Le Mans in 1981, ten year

    Thanks to a loophole, one team built their own Porsche 917 and raced it at Le Mans in 1981, ten years after the car was effectively banned. Maison Blanche has the whole story. ( H/T !)
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Jalopnik

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  1. Dorgan said the FCC action opened a "gaping loophole for more mergers of newspapers and television stations across the country."
    on Sep 18, 2006 By: Byron Dorgan Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

  2. "My plan fully closes the ...... loophole and restores common-sense regulation as part of my broader plan to ease the burden for struggling families today while investing in a better future," Obama said in a statement Sunday.
    on Jun 23, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: CNN

  3. "It closes the SUV loophole," declared Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, referring to current requirements that allow much less stringent fuel efficiency standards for SUVs and pickup trucks than for cars. "This is a victory for the American...
    on Jun 21, 2007 By: Dianne Feinstein Source: International Herald Tribune

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