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

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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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The coalition’s foes, northern rebels known as Houthis, are accused of planting land mines, shelling cities, and deploying child soldiers. Sudarsan Raghavan,, "US, Britain, France abetting possible war crimes in Yemen, says UN report," 3 Sep. 2019 Real quick: our Tuesday night poetry slam has been bumped from 7 P.M. to 8 P.M. to make room for our new workshop on defusing a land mine. Alex Baia, The New Yorker, "Our Coffee Shop Is Now Also a Chocolate Boutique, a B.D.S.M. Dungeon, and a Tiger Sanctuary," 17 Aug. 2019 Cora came up with the creative solution, the rover role, masterfully navigating the land mines in the Red Sox bullpen by supplementing it with the starters. Globe Staff,, "Complacency a familiar tune these days at Fenway Park," 1 Aug. 2019 Pompeii isn’t the only Italian site littered with unexploded bombs, artillery shells, land mines and grenades. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Pompeii Is Home to Multiple Undetonated World War II Bombs," 11 July 2019 Angola might be a buyer, as that country looks to reintroduce elephant populations into wildlife areas where land mines have been removed. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for June 26: Mueller, immigration, 2020 Dems, population, Zimbabwe," 26 June 2019 Efforts to clean up bombs, artillery shells, land mines, grenades, and other unexploded ordnance in Italy started in 1946. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Unexploded World War II bombs may still be buried at Pompeii," 8 July 2019 Coupled with land mines laid by the Houthis to defend the city, aid workers fear civilians are bearing the brunt of the offensive. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "Intensified Yemen Attacks Complicate U.S. Peace Plans," 9 Nov. 2018 Back then the highway outside Bama was littered with land mines and flanked by largely vacant villages occupied or used by Boko Haram as bases to spring attacks. New York Times, "A Homecoming for Nigerians Who Fled Militants. All That’s Missing Is the ‘Home.’," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of land mine

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of land mine was in 1890

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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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