Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

loophole

loophole
Meaning(s)
1) an error or oversight which allows people to do something that would otherwise be forbidden or illegal
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • 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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