mud·​slide | \ ˈməd-ˌslīd How to pronounce mudslide (audio) \

Definition of mudslide

2 : a cocktail made with coffee liqueur, vodka, and cream

Examples of mudslide in a Sentence

The heavy rain triggered a mudslide.
Recent Examples on the Web Other parts of the state were battered by the heavy rainfall, which prompted a mudslide in Burke County. Janice Dean, Fox News, "At least 7 dead, 2 missing in North Carolina flash floods," 13 Nov. 2020 A quarter inch of rainfall in 15 minutes can trigger a mudslide. Mallory Moench,, "‘Doomsday scenario’: Santa Cruz mountain towns prepare for winter mudslides after CZU wildfire," 18 Oct. 2020 Eta’s death toll is at four people thus far including a 12-year-old girl who died in a mudslide in San Pedro Sula and 15-year-old boy had drowned trying to cross a rain-swollen river. Garfield Hylton,, "Tropical Depression Eta headed toward Florida, with threat of heavy rainfall, flooding," 6 Nov. 2020 Honduras reported one death attributed to the storm, a 12-year-old girl who died in a mudslide in San Pedro Sula, the main population center in northern Honduras. NBC News, "Tropical Storm Eta hits Cuba as it inches toward Florida Keys," 6 Nov. 2020 Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said a mudslide in the village of Quejá, in central Guatemala, buried around 25 houses—or half the village—with at least 50 people inside. Anthony Harrup And Juan Montes, WSJ, "Tropical Depression Eta Brings Devastation to Central America," 6 Nov. 2020 Early Tuesday, a 12-year-old girl died in a mudslide in San Pedro Sula, said Marvin Aparicio of Honduras’ emergency management agency. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Eta may threaten Florida after devastating Central America with deadly flooding," 5 Nov. 2020 Destroyed means that only the foundation remains or that two structural components of the home failed (for instance: collapse of the walls and roof) or the home is in imminent danger from a landslide, mudslide or sinkhole. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon wildfires destroyed more than 4,000 homes. Here’s where.," 27 Oct. 2020 Beat Washington and Philadelphia and the mudslide stops. Dallas News, "Mike McCarthy on reported criticisms from anonymous Cowboys players: ‘It’s important to handle things as men’," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of mudslide

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Mudslide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mudslide

: a large mass of wet earth that suddenly and quickly moves down the side of a mountain or hill

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