mine·​field | \ ˈmīn-ˌfēld How to pronounce minefield (audio) \

Definition of minefield

1 : an area (as of water or land) set with mines
2 : something resembling a minefield especially in having many dangers or requiring extreme caution a political minefield

Examples of minefield in a Sentence

This issue is a political minefield.

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Photo: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg News Global brands have been struggling to navigate cultural sensitivities across dozens of countries, a minefield that can be set off by criticism from a few influential social-media accounts. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Gucci Owner Admits to a Blind Spot on Blackface," 12 Feb. 2019 For those that want to go into the coming game with some sense of surprise, though, treat the next two weeks of Internet surfing as a potential minefield of unintended spoilers. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Nintendo struggles to contain massive Smash Bros. Ultimate leaks," 26 Nov. 2018 And we’re fired up about that.’’ Pace has described free agency as risky and a minefield. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "What Bears GM Ryan Pace apparently did right in free agency so far," 14 Mar. 2018 What the public might see as a global sports extravaganza, President Trump might rightly view as a minefield ready to explode in a way that would do more damage than ruffling that famous haircut. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Is Donald Trump boycotting 2018 Winter Olympics?," 14 Feb. 2018 Minefields slow down an invader’s advance, forcing them to slowly pick through a minefield, buying time for defenders to organize a defense. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Trying to Design a Civilian-Safe Land Mine," 14 Nov. 2018 For her that includes staying away from social media minefields. The Editors, Town & Country, "Meet Sistine Stallone, the 20-Year-Old Model Who's Headed Back to School," 1 Aug. 2018 Inexpensive Windows laptops are infamously a minefield. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Technica Back to School buying guide," 13 Aug. 2018 Further Reading California amends rules to push vehicles toward hydrogen, electricity, biofuel Biofuel, which is predominantly made from corn in the US, is a political minefield in the Trump Administration. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "EPA reconsidering biofuel targets after production goals are missed," 25 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of minefield

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of minefield was in 1884

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English Language Learners Definition of minefield

: an area of land or water that contains mines (sense 2)
: something that has many dangers or risks

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