mine·​field | \ˈmīn-ˌfēld \

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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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 The office was a reprieve, the subway gave me time to think, but the social-media landscape was a minefield. Kate Branch, Vogue, "How I Learned to Grieve the Loss of My Dad in the Age of Instagram," 6 Oct. 2018 For Massachusetts employers, marijuana is a potential minefield. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "With marijuana sales set to begin, employers grapple with drug tests," 12 June 2018 Add to all the misinformation out there on the Internet, and navigating your way to clearer, healthier skin can feel like a minefield. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "14 Glamour Editors on the Skin Care Tips That Changed Their Complexions," 9 Oct. 2018 Specialists who have tracked Afghanistan's four decades of war say navigating the road to peace in this poor nation of 32 million people is like walking through a minefield. Fox News, "Russian peace talks raise specter of shifting influence," 25 Aug. 2018 That will be half the battle for the former Barcelona manager, and one likely to be played out in the minefield of the Spanish press. SI.com, "How Luis Enrique Must Force Quick Transition to Stop Spain Returning to the Mediocre Years," 10 July 2018 How could any production ever navigate the political minefield associated with this subject? Eric Gibson, WSJ, "Review: Anodyne ‘Civilizations’," 16 Apr. 2018 But mouse and keyboard support is certainly a minefield for gamers and developers alike: Should devs include it, and create special queues for PC gamers and console gamers to play together? Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Report: Microsoft, Razer push to bring mouse and keyboard support to Xbox," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of minefield

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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