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salt mine

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  1. a mine from which salt is excavated.
  2. Usually salt mines. a place of habitual confinement and drudgery: After two weeks of vacation it will be back to the salt mines for the staff.
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Origin of salt mine

First recorded in 1675–85
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Related Words for salt mine

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Historical Examples of salt mine

  • When and where was the first salt-mine established in England?

    Notes and Queries, Number 176, March 12, 1853

    Various

  • When you go to Salzburg (on which I congratulate you) you may go to see, if you like, the salt-mine of Hallein.