Definition of salt mine in English:

salt mine


  • 1A mine yielding rock salt.

    • ‘Most of the salt used by the agency is mined at the rock salt mine in the Cheshire town of Winsford.’
    • ‘Salt comes usually from salt mines, but you could always buy ‘sea-salt’ and use that.’
    • ‘The marsh is at the site of an abandoned salt mine.’
    • ‘There was a birthday trip into the nether world of a salt mine, where, along with the labarynthine tunnels, the miners had hewn for themselves not one, not two, but three chapels - cut into the white rock.’
    • ‘The salt mines were no joke, they were the highest punishment anyone could get in Mhalta; most people preferred death than working endless hours in the mines, with the cold and the wet and the air that was too thick to breathe it.’
    1. 1.1usually salt mineshumorous A job involving demanding or gruelling work.
      ‘so it's back to the salt mines here in Cambridge’
      • ‘There have been a series of summer transfer stories (or in actual fact non-stories) which have had the fans working long and hard in the salt mines that are the football forums.’
      • ‘So it's back to the salt mines here in Cambridge.’
      • ‘But until then, it's back to the salt mines (law firm) for me…’
      • ‘So… are we calling it a day or are you going to make us spend all day at the salt mines?’
      • ‘My wife goes to the salt mines; I stay home and have the gals over in the afternoon for bonbons and pink squirrels.’