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

Definition of mudslide

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

Examples of mudslide in a Sentence

The heavy rain triggered a mudslide.

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More Travel Since a wildfire, a bridge failure and a mudslide kept tourists out of Big Sur for significant parts of 2016 and 2017, visitors are flooding back to the area in droves. Nick Rahaim,, "Traffic, selfies, poop: Tourists erode beauty of Big Sur," 5 July 2019 The leak started in 2004, when an oil platform belonging to the Taylor Energy Company was damaged by a mudslide after Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf of Mexico. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "An oil spill that began 15 years ago is up to a thousand times worse than the rig owner's estimate, study finds," 29 June 2019 Oil and gas have been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico since a subsea mudslide caused by Hurricane Ivan on Sept. 15, 2004, knocked over a Taylor Energy Co. production platform. USA TODAY, "Whiskey webs, alien abductions, goldfish invasion: News from around our 50 states," 25 June 2019 Police in Boone, North Carolina, say heavy rains caused a hillside to give way causing a massive mudslide which led to a gas explosion leaving one house in splinters. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Deadly storm wallops North Carolina, threatens mid-Atlantic region," 31 May 2018 And if an eruption sets off earthquakes or mudslides, that also won’t be covered; owners can, however, purchase separate earthquake insurance. Washington Post, "A quick look at business insurance for natural disasters," 23 July 2019 The center said nine key highways remained blocked by floods and mudslides, and attempts were underway to open them up for traffic. Binaj Gurubacharya,, "Heavy rain leaves scores dead in Nepal, India, Bangladesh," 14 July 2019 Damage from flooding and earth movement – which includes earthquakes, mudslides, landslides and sinkholes– is excluded from homeowners, condo and renter’s insurance. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "With Tropical Storm Barry brewing, it's time to know what home insurance covers," 11 July 2019 Will the rising sea line become as ubiquitous in the California imagination as mudslides, earthquakes and wildfires? Julia Wick,, "Essential California: How to react when the sea is rising," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of mudslide

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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