land mine

noun
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

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. Kissinger
  • a political land mine

Examples of land mine in a Sentence

  1. parents of teenagers never know when they might set off an emotional land mine

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First Known Use of land mine

1890

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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LAND MINE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of land mine for English Language Learners

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


LAND MINE Defined for Kids

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Definition of land mine for Students

: 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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