Definition of landslide in English:



  • 1A collapse of a mass of earth or rock from a mountain or cliff.

    ‘the road was blocked by a landslide’
    figurative ‘businessmen have been buried under a landslide of paperwork’
    • ‘‘Rainfall in the mountains means landslides and flooding in the valleys,’ he says.’
    • ‘Many of the landslips and landslides, and the silt that has covered paddocks, are not covered by any form of insurance.’
    • ‘All landslides are therefore forms of mass movement, but not all mass movements are landslides.’
    • ‘Troops were deployed in helicopters after landslides and collapsed buildings blocked roads.’
    • ‘As the melting ice weakens the mountains, Switzerland is already experiencing more rockfalls, landslides, and mudflows, but things could get much worse.’
    • ‘Over the course of time, landslides, rock movement, and vegetation hid the entrances to the other catacombs.’
    • ‘Kelvin slid down the muddy slope, a landslide of earth, rock and ferns pushing him to the foot of the rise.’
    • ‘Torrential rains yesterday collapsed roads and triggered landslides in central Taiwan but failed to relieve the drought in the north.’
    • ‘Nicola found herself dodging death as she made her way down Dooncarton Mountain with the landslides tumbling down either side of her.’
    • ‘In Hocheng district, a remote mountain area, 600 pigs were buried under landslides up to 3m deep.’
    • ‘Flash flooding caused bridges to collapse and landslides are blocking roads to devastated coastal villages.’
    • ‘There are deep gashes in the roads; some are still blocked by landslides and a major road tunnel to the town has collapsed.’
    • ‘These rains are triggering massive landslides and building collapses.’
    • ‘The same can be said of rock falls and landslides.’
    • ‘It was also feared that two fishermen were killed when rocks from a landslide fell on their camp at Rocky Bay on the island of Bequia.’
    • ‘He pushes that stone which starts a landslide and the whole mountain crumbles and flows into the sea.’
    • ‘The doctors thought he had been in some sort of a landslide or a building collapse.’
    • ‘Rock and landslides have also occurred in other townships in the county as well as in Taichung County, blocking the traffic.’
    • ‘The team will have to ford huge rivers, canyons and crevices and dodge landslides and rock falls.’
    • ‘Last Tuesday, a record 37 inches of rain fell, and that triggered collapsed buildings and landslides.’
    landslip, rockfall, mudslide, earthslip, earthfall
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  • 2An overwhelming majority of votes for one party or candidate in an election.

    ‘they won by a landslide’
    • ‘For example, the 1928 election was a landslide victory for the Republicans.’
    • ‘He lost the May 15 election by a landslide in rural and urban areas of Ethiopia.’
    • ‘His landslide election victories, and his personal popularity in Middle England, made him look unassailable.’
    • ‘His popularity ensured he won by a landslide in the 1998 presidential elections.’
    • ‘He won by a landslide in the second round of a secret ballot, defeating four other candidates.’
    • ‘After that, she stood for the school board elections, and won by a landslide.’
    • ‘But despite his remorseless pursuit, the talks died with Labour's second election landslide victory.’
    • ‘He was swept to power as prime minister in 2001 in a landslide election victory.’
    • ‘As a direct result, the Labor government was defeated by a landslide in the 1996 elections.’
    • ‘I maintain that if any mainstream political party were to embrace the above they would win the next General Election by a landslide.’
    • ‘The NLD won the 1990 general election by a landslide but has since been blocked from coming to power.’
    • ‘There is no need to recount where one candidate has won by a landslide.’
    • ‘Labour looks set to secure a landslide election victory, according to a snap poll in Bolton.’
    • ‘He also inaugurated his own War on Poverty, winning the 1964 election by a landslide.’
    • ‘But now we have a Labour Party which actually wins elections - two landslides in a row - and has become very much the party of government.’
    • ‘He acted more like a despot after his landslide election victory in 1997.’
    • ‘In other words, Labour would have had a landslide election victory in 1997 even if no tactical vote had been cast.’
    • ‘He was imprisoned a year before the NLD won a landslide election victory in 1990 only to be denied power by the generals.’
    • ‘A dead George Washington would win by a landslide against any opposing candidate.’
    • ‘He won a landslide election victory earlier this year on the themes of clean government and a more tolerant society.’
    decisive victory, runaway victory, overwhelming majority, grand slam, triumph, walkover, game, set, and match
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