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 figurativelyEvery 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 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 This land mine is buried in most mortgage agreements and provides that if the mortgaged house is sold, then the unpaid amount on the mortgage becomes immediately due and payable in full. Dallas News, "Garn-St. Germain: Don’t leave home without it," 22 Nov. 2020 Twitter and Facebook have pledged to add warning labels to any such claim, which is a little like sticking a warning label on a land mine, just before burying it. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The Trouble with Election Projections," 1 Nov. 2020 In August, a soldier in the secretive force of Tibetan refugees working for the Indian Army was killed by a land mine. Pranshu Verma, New York Times, "In Wake of Recent India-China Conflict, U.S. Sees Opportunity," 3 Oct. 2020 Since 1979, more than 64,000 people have been injured by land mines and other explosives in Cambodia, and more than 25,000 amputees have been recorded there, according to the HALO Trust, the world’s largest humanitarian land mine clearance charity. Anna Schaverien, New York Times, "Rat That Sniffs Out Land Mines Receives Award for Bravery," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of land mine

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Land mine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 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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