mine field

minefield

[mahyn-feeld]
noun Military, Naval.
an area of land or water throughout which explosive mines have been laid.

Origin:
1885–90; mine2 + field

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minefield (ˈmaɪnˌfiːld)
 
n
1.  an area of ground or water containing explosive mines
2.  a subject, situation, etc, beset with hidden problems

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