escape hatch noun [C]
the part of a submarine through which people can leave when it is under water
Clock Counts Down As Decision Weighs: Should I Stay or Go?
A three-year commitment loomed large when we were deciding whether to move to China. Agreeing to move so far away for so long was difficult to wrap our minds around -- I kept thinking it was almost as long as I went to high school or college, and pondering how old our kids would be and how much they would change while we were gone.
This was the final mental hurdle we had to clear before agreeing to the move, and Rebecca's boss-to-be eased the way by offering an escape hatch. "If you really hate it," he said, "You can ...