minefield

[mahyn-feeld]

Origin of minefield

First recorded in 1885–90; mine2 + field
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minefield

noun
  1. an area of ground or water containing explosive mines
  2. a subject, situation, etc, beset with hidden problems
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Word Origin and History for minefield
n.

1877, from mine (n.2) + field (n.). Figurative use by 1947.

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