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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Deciding the fate of the Islamic State’s former citizens is a legal and moral minefield. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "America’s ISIS Members Are Coming Home," 11 June 2019 Reminders remain of the region's difficult past, from barbed wire fences to minefields. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Now Hike Alongside the Korean DMZ," 1 May 2019 The 15-year-old kidfluencer also highlights how YouTube’s success with children has created an ethical and perhaps even legal minefield for its owner, Google. Mark Bergen, The Seattle Times, "Kidfluencers’ rampant YouTube marketing creates minefield for Google," 24 Mar. 2019 But there has never been such a trial, and that has made this subject a minefield for scientists and consumers alike. New York Times, "The Ideal Subjects for a Salt Study? Maybe Prisoners," 4 June 2018 For instance, Community Health Advocates, a free service that operates under the Community Service Society of New York, works with the privately insured, publicly insured, and uninsured to navigate the minefield of health care bills. Mattie Quinn, SELF, "8 Ways to Negotiate and Pay Off Expensive Medical Bills," 15 Feb. 2019 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

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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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