Definition of salt mine in English:

salt mine

noun

  • 1A mine yielding rock salt.

    • ‘The marsh is at the site of an abandoned salt mine.’
    • ‘Salt comes usually from salt mines, but you could always buy ‘sea-salt’ and use that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of the salt used by the agency is mined at the rock salt mine in the Cheshire town of Winsford.’
    • ‘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 Used in reference to a person's job or place of work.
      ‘we had a lot of fun, but tomorrow it's back to the salt mines’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But until then, it's back to the salt mines (law firm) for me…’