land mine


Definition of land mine

: a mine usually placed just below the surface of the ground and designed to be exploded usually by the weight of vehicles or troops passing over it often used figuratively Every aspect of this scheme is a potential land mine.— Henry A. Kissingera political land mine

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Examples of land mine in a Sentence

parents of teenagers never know when they might set off an emotional land mine
Recent Examples on the Web The rules will remain pending a review into the land mine issue. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Biden Will Keep Loosened Rules on Land Mines," 9 Apr. 2021 Thank you all for following me and supporting me on this journey - this beautiful land mine. Rachel Yang,, "Gloria Henry, actress who played the mom on Dennis the Menace, dies at 98," 5 Apr. 2021 One stepped on a land mine and was blown to pieces. New York Times, "‘It’s Better to Walk Through a Minefield’: Victims of Myanmar’s Army Speak," 9 Mar. 2021 All three can be a financial land mine or, done right, help build a solid financial future. Vacations. Carla Fried, Star Tribune, "Financial success in your 20s: car, vacation, emergency fund," 13 Feb. 2021 For all the celebratory language, climate change will likely remain a partisan land mine. Coral Davenport, New York Times, "Climate Change Legislation Included in Coronavirus Relief Deal," 21 Dec. 2020 And the fact that a spectacular video of apparent police misconduct was under a confidentiality order was a public relations land mine just waiting to go off. Eric Zorn,, "Column: Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s angry words fall short in response to the new cop video scandal," 18 Dec. 2020 Human needs and desires eclipsed sci-fi elements with stories of a magical land mine that allowed two teenage friends to switch bodies with tragic results and a lonely gay man’s quest for happiness in another universe. Jeanne Jakle,, "Critic’s picks for the 10 best TV series of 2020 and how to stream them now," 16 Dec. 2020 The use of a modern tank hull makes the JAB more survivable against enemy fire, including underbody land mine blast damage and artillery fire. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Next-Gen Army Vehicle Is Half M1 Abrams Tank, Half Bridge," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of land mine

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Apr 2021

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“Land mine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of land mine

: a bomb that is buried in the ground and that explodes when someone steps on it or drives over it

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Kids Definition of land mine

: a mine placed just below the surface of the ground and designed to be exploded by the weight of vehicles or troops passing over it

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