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
Recent Examples on the Web News reports have detailed how Oksana Balandina, a 23-year-old nurse from Lysychansk, in the eastern province of Luhansk, lost her legs and four fingers March 27, a little more than a month into the war, in a land mine explosion. Laura Kingstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 He too, was killed by a land mine, nearly 30 years ago. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Her brother died immediately when a land mine exploded by the car. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 For example, a recent video allegedly showing a Ukrainian man smoking a cigarette and calmly carrying an unexploded land mine to safety quickly made the rounds on Twitter. Charlie Warzel, The Atlantic, 8 Mar. 2022 As a combat interpreter in Afghanistan, Sharif Azizi helped U.S. Special Forces hunt down Taliban targets, even after suffering leg and chest injuries from stepping on a land mine. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2022 Five years later, with two children and a third on the way, Ms. Hussein became a widow after her husband stepped on a land mine. New York Times, 27 Nov. 2021 Lately, Goodall has been working from an attic bedroom surrounded by objects that give her hope: a photograph of David Greybeard, a Native American talking stick, a bell made from a defused land mine. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 Wood was killed when his military vehicle struck a land mine in Tikrit. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of land mine

1890, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2022

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“Land mine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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: 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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