Definition of escape hatch in English:

escape hatch


  • 1A hatch for use as an emergency exit, especially from a submarine, ship, or aircraft.

    • ‘I opened the escape hatch, adjusted his chute for him and placed the ripcord ring firmly in his right hand.’
    • ‘Additionally an escape hatch was fitted in the forward and after compartments of the pressure hull, an innovation which saved many lives during the war.’
    • ‘Recalling the 2002 expedition, Gurney said in spite of digging many holes and trenches, only the plane's escape hatch, four engines and the nose-wheel assembly were found.’
    • ‘A team of international divers is struggling to open an escape hatch on the back of the submarine.’
    • ‘While others escaped through the aft escape hatch, no one survived from the forward part of the wreck, so this hatch was most likely opened during subsequent salvage.’
    • ‘He fell to his death when the forward escape hatch was ripped out.’
    • ‘He wrote that at least two or three crew members would try to escape the craft through an emergency escape hatch.’
    • ‘The steps leading up to the deck area were smashed, leaving the small escape hatch forward as the only alternative.’
    • ‘They had to clear debris from the engine room escape hatch.’
    • ‘The plane rolled to the left and I fell through the pilot's escape hatch and was free of the aircraft.’
    • ‘A bloodied Harrison clawed his way out of his overhead escape hatch and staggered from the plane.’
    • ‘I also noted an ejection button, so that the turret could completely detach, and an emergency escape hatch, so that I could make it out safely in case of an emergency.’
    • ‘But all hope was lost on the ninth day when divers released the outer aft escape hatch of the submarine and found that it was completely flooded.’
    • ‘Rescue divers approach the distressed submarine and use the submarine's escape hatch to transfer emergency life support stores.’
    • ‘That's when someone opened the escape hatch on top of the aircraft in the cockpit, Wilson said.’
    • ‘Jennings and another worker scrambled out of an escape hatch near the engine room.’
    • ‘The first corpse of a sailor was found close to an escape hatch in the vessel and was being brought to the surface by Norwegian divers, navy officials said.’
    • ‘This involves the sailors forcing themselves, four at a time, into a cramped escape hatch that soon fills about neck-high with water.’
    • ‘After Shepard's flight, astronauts urged NASA to put a small explosive charge on the escape hatch to make it easier to exit the capsule.’
    • ‘A few minutes later Sarah opened her escape hatch, tossed out her life raft, and made her way over to his boat.’
    1. 1.1A means of retreat from or avoidance of a difficulty or problem.
      ‘you shouldn't rush into marriage, looking at divorce as an escape hatch if things don't work out’
      • ‘Medication has always seemed like some sort of bogus escape hatch, a way around dealing with reality and the issues at hand.’