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land mine

noun, Military
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.
aerial mine (def 2).
Origin of land mine
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On the way back the tank struck a land-mine, and it was set on fire.

    A Company of Tanks W. H. L. Watson
  • As they came back to get away from observation one of the teams disturbed a land-mine.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
British Dictionary definitions for land-mine

land mine

(military) an explosive charge placed in the ground, usually detonated by stepping or driving on it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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