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landmine

or land mine

[land-mahyn] /ˈlændˌmaɪn/
noun, Military.
1.
an explosive charge concealed just under the surface of the ground or of a roadway, designed to be detonated by pressure, proximity of a vehicle or person, etc.
2.
aerial mine (def 2).
Origin of landmine
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90
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  • All forms of land mine are improvised on the spot according to circumstances.

  • And the land mine is charged ready to blow them back to their antipodes, nicht wahr?

  • But suppose a land mine under the road has been exploded before the lorry gets there.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
British Dictionary definitions for land mine

land mine

noun
1.
(military) an explosive charge placed in the ground, usually detonated by stepping or driving on it
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