land mine

noun

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

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In addition, the two Koreas have removed land mines in the JSA and plan to conduct joint searches for the remains of soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, "North Korean Soldier Defects to South Amid Steps to Ease Border Tensions," 1 Dec. 2018 But, funny story, the van was full of gingerbread and land mines and a minotaur. Alex Baia, The New Yorker, "Our Coffee Shop Is Now Also a Chocolate Boutique, a B.D.S.M. Dungeon, and a Tiger Sanctuary," 17 Aug. 2019 Relations between North and South Korea improved somewhat, with a deal in September for removing land mines and some guard posts from the border zone. Jon Herskovitz, Fortune, "Why the Trump-Kim Nuclear Show Is Set for Act Three," 20 June 2019 The coalition’s foes, northern rebels known as Houthis, are accused of planting land mines, shelling cities, and deploying child soldiers. Sudarsan Raghavan, BostonGlobe.com, "US, Britain, France abetting possible war crimes in Yemen, says UN report," 3 Sep. 2019 Real quick: our Tuesday night poetry slam has been bumped from 7 P.M. to 8 P.M. to make room for our new workshop on defusing a land mine. Alex Baia, The New Yorker, "Our Coffee Shop Is Now Also a Chocolate Boutique, a B.D.S.M. Dungeon, and a Tiger Sanctuary," 17 Aug. 2019 Cora came up with the creative solution, the rover role, masterfully navigating the land mines in the Red Sox bullpen by supplementing it with the starters. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Complacency a familiar tune these days at Fenway Park," 1 Aug. 2019 Pompeii isn’t the only Italian site littered with unexploded bombs, artillery shells, land mines and grenades. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Pompeii Is Home to Multiple Undetonated World War II Bombs," 11 July 2019 Angola might be a buyer, as that country looks to reintroduce elephant populations into wildlife areas where land mines have been removed. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for June 26: Mueller, immigration, 2020 Dems, population, Zimbabwe," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of land mine

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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land mine

noun

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

land mine

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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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