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.
Recent Examples on the Web The result is an ethical minefield, in which the identities of the people paying Trump substantial amounts of money may never be revealed. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 9 May 2022 Prince Harry has since followed in his mother's footsteps, becoming patron of the Trust in 2013 and recreating her 1997 walk through an active minefield in Angola in 2019. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, 18 Mar. 2022 Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Ann Dowd and Reed Birney navigate an emotional minefield. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 4 Dec. 2021 But using wild animals to conduct scientific labor in the long-term is an ethical minefield that few would dare to cross—such prolonged and intensive contact with humans may risk triggering changes in the animals’ long-term behavior. Robin Andrews, Wired, 29 Nov. 2021 The lack of specifics from Mr. Bergès and the White House about the safeguards has done little to silence those who say the art exhibition is a potential ethical minefield. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 Behind the yellow, wide-eyed emoji’s grin lurks an intergenerational minefield. Aiyana Ishmael, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2021 Some of Heiferman’s most powerful pictures are of unassuming objects from around the couple’s home, which has been transformed by Berger’s death into a kind of emotional minefield. Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, 4 May 2022 Some 65 years ago, long before TMZ turned the internet into a minefield of celebrity gossip and bad behavior, Confidential magazine traded in the sordid lives of the rich and famous. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of minefield

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jun 2022

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“Minefield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minefield. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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