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

parents of teenagers never know when they might set off an emotional land mine
Recent Examples on the Web The first four episodes take place over summer 1997, as Diana (Elizabeth Debicki), now formally divorced from Charles (Dominic West), finds new purpose through a campaign against land mines. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Explosive materials, artillery shells, undetonated bombs or rockets and land mines have contaminated a swath of land roughly the size of Florida or Uruguay. Shera Avi-Yonah, Washington Post, 23 July 2023 But questions about leadership still lead to the prison on the northern border of Tehran, nestled in hills planted with land mines. Karl Vick, TIME, 6 Oct. 2023 This month is full of land mines that will explode money and opportunity into the sky for you. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Oct. 2023 Thousands of rounds of artillery are fired every week, tanks batter buildings, land mines are everywhere and drones hover overhead picking off troops below. Julian E. Barnes, New York Times, 18 Aug. 2023 It was devoted to land mine removal, the kind of extreme task that robots have long been assigned. Ben Ryder Howe Nic Antaya, New York Times, 29 July 2023 Experts found land mines on the periphery of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant during a walk-through this week, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said. Eve Sampson, Washington Post, 25 July 2023 In the school’s courtyard, Clara Haas points to a poster with colorful illustrations of bombs and land mines. Sira Thierij, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of land mine was in 1890

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“Land mine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

land mine

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