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[mahyn-feeld] /ˈmaɪnˌfild/
noun, Military, Naval.
an area of land or water throughout which explosive mines have been laid.
Origin of minefield
1885-90; mine2 + field Unabridged
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Examples from the web for minefield
  • Repurposing a useful gift is really a manners minefield.
  • And somehow or other, the school's lawn has been turned into a minefield.
  • It's a minefield, and there are many ways the unwary can go astray.
  • Practicing good medicine necessitates navigating a minefield of competing interests.
  • The state is an absolute minefield to work in regarding higher ed.
  • The political minefield alone is enough to deplete your emotional reservoir.
  • For some of us, though, it really is a potential minefield.
  • If shopping was an emotional minefield, then strategic marketing could be a gold mine for companies.
  • So chasing fugitives across state lines can turn into a legal minefield.
  • But benchmarking employees, and then paying them different rates, can turn out to be a minefield if handled badly.
British Dictionary definitions for minefield


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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