minefield
minefield minefield n. 1. (Mil.) a region in which explosive mines[4] have been placed, especially a region on land. [WordNet 1.5]

2. Hence: (Fig.) A situation in which a simple mistake can have disastrous consequences; a touchy or dangerous situation requiring great caution; as, the candidate threaded his way skillfully through a minefield of loaded questions from the audience. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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