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

Examples of land mine in a Sentence

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

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And at 2 to 3 pounds in weight, the rats are too light to set off a land mine. Alexandra Wexler, WSJ, "How Giant African Rats Are Saving Lives in Former War Zones," 4 May 2018 Later, during a mission on the German-Dutch border to rescue missing British soldiers, his truck went over a land mine, launching him 50 feet in the air and breaking his arm, three vertebrae and two ankles. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "A One-Eyed Québécois ‘Rambo’ Captures Imaginations in Canada," 27 May 2018 And less goose poop could mean less E. coli in the water and fewer fecal land mines for visitors to step on. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Goose poop at Lake St. Clair Metropark beach? Not if this dog can help it," 12 June 2018 On Saturday at least four Malian soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit a land mine in the Koro area in central Mali. Washington Post, "Car bomb kills 4 in Mali, 3rd extremist attack in 3 days," 1 July 2018 Before his rise to stardom, Ngor was a surgeon who escaped from the communist Khmer Rouge regime with his 10-year-old orphaned niece Sophia, eating rats to survive and dodging land mines. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Murder of 'Killing Fields' star Haing Ngor still haunts detective: 'I didn’t have any answers'," 26 June 2018 That year, two South Korean soldiers were maimed by land mines in the DMZ. Yun-hwan Chae, WSJ, "Hot Property in Korea: Great View of the DMZ, May Have Land Mines," 7 June 2018 The first was on Friday at the G5 Sahel military headquarters, then on Saturday there was a land mine attack on Malian soldiers and on Sunday a suicide bomb aimed at French soldiers, but which killed four civilians. Ahmed Mohamed, The Seattle Times, "African leaders talk security with French president," 2 July 2018 The rivals most recently came near a military clash in 2015 following land mine blasts blamed on North Korea that maimed two South Korean soldiers. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "False starts, failures in diplomacy with North Korea," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of land mine

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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