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 Even more of a minefield than Instagram is Venmo, which forces conversation on a subject that feels impolite even among close friends: money. Leigh Cesiro, Vulture, 20 May 2021 But in fact, the recent research is more a step toward an important medical development than an ethical minefield. Sahotra Sarkar, The Conversation, 22 Apr. 2021 Deciding who should get access to the COVID-19 vaccine has long been an ethical minefield, as the demand and need for doses has continually outstripped supply. Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2021 But every parent-child relationship is, to varying degrees, an emotional minefield. New York Times, 5 Feb. 2021 Determining priority groups for the vaccine has been an ethical and logistical minefield for policymakers, trying to balance saving lives, protecting health care workers, and keeping the economy humming. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Jan. 2021 Planning for safe returns to the office has been a bureaucratic and ethical minefield for many companies. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 17 May 2021 The announcement has the potential to be a PR minefield for stores, especially national chains like big-box and department stores, said Nick Shields, a senior analyst covering the retail sector at Third Bridge investment firm. NBC News, 15 May 2021 Politics has always been a minefield for businesses. Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Minefield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minefield. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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