Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) an error or oversight which allows people to do something that would otherwise be forbidden or illegal
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    • exploit/find/close a loophole
  • Analysis
    A loophole is an oversight or an error which allows people to take advantage of a situation or do something that would otherwise be illegal or frowned upon. A loophole is something usually found in an agreement, contract, or law that can be exploited in some way.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The record label moved quickly to close a loophole that allowed customers to download music from their website for free. 
    2. Susan has a fantastic legal mind, and when necessary can always find a loophole to make sure her client is acquitted.
    3. The company were exploiting tax loopholes in order to avoid their corporate tax obligations.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I found a loophole in the school rules that will let me hand my assignment in late.
    2. Due to a loophole in the planning laws, we discovered we can build a second property on our land if both buildings have connecting doors.
    3. Can you stop looking for loopholes and just do things the way they are meant to be done?
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