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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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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Larry Weinberg stepped on a land mine while on a U.S. Army reconnaissance patrol in the Vosges Mountains of eastern France in November 1944. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Larry Weinberg Survived Horrific War Injuries, Founded Home Builder and Owned NBA Team," 11 Jan. 2019 This was a category British engineers at the Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment (RARDE) were ready to fill with an atomic land mine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Britain Built a Nuclear Land Mine and Almost Used Chickens To Detonate It," 21 Dec. 2018 Blue Peacock was supposed to be a nuclear land mine. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Britain Built a Nuclear Land Mine and Almost Used Chickens To Detonate It," 21 Dec. 2018 Typical land mines consist of a metal body, high explosive charge, and a pressure switch. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Trying to Design a Civilian-Safe Land Mine," 14 Nov. 2018 Along with over 30 killed, fighting and airstrikes — as well as land mines — have wounded 57 civilians since the beginning of July, health and security officials said. Ahmed Al-haj, The Seattle Times, "Officials: 30 civilians dead in recent clashes in Yemen city," 17 July 2018 Founded by a family whose members once belonged to death squads that roamed this banana-growing region, the Clan has units in several regions and hundreds of men, many armed with assault rifles and land mines. Juan Forero, WSJ, "Where Colombian Rebels Once Ruled, Drug Gangs Now Fight for Control," 16 July 2018 Many of the patients are victims of four decades of war and a landscape riddled with bombs and land mines. Rod Nordland, New York Times, "He Killed a Red Cross Worker: ‘I Will Go to Hell for What I Did’," 7 Apr. 2018 That one person in every 333 had lost a limb, most of them through land mine explosions. Katie Frost, Harper's BAZAAR, "9 Reasons Princess Diana Was So Much More Than A Style Icon," 31 Aug. 2018

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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

noun

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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