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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a landslide victory (=a win by a very large amount in an election)
▪ No one had anticipated such a landslide victory.
▪ The next step was the Republican congressional landslide in 1994.
▪ Only after the Republican landslide of 1994 did he bother to formally recommend an increase.
▪ Nationally, the Labour Party had enjoyed a stunning landslide victory.
▪ Dole won a landslide victory, giving him a 5-1 lead in delegates over Forbes, his nearest challenger.
▪ Will the Conservative promise to abolish education bring them a landslide victory?
▪ They haven't achieved such a swing since its landslide victory in 1945.
▪ However, the landslide victory for reformist political leader president Khatami in 1997 has ushered in a new era of liberalism.
▪ The opposition call for a boycott of the election was almost universally observed yet the Government still claimed a landslide victory.
▪ Instead, Nu scored a landslide victory, winning 159 seats to the 41 the Stable group secured.
▪ Yet if the polls are anything like right, Labour is on course for another landslide victory.
▪ Her son Rajiv wins a sympathetic landslide in an election.
▪ Miss Vicki won by a landslide!
▪ Aristide, a left-wing Roman Catholic priest, had won by a landslide in the presidential elections on Dec. 16.
▪ If this had been a plebiscite, we would have won in a landslide.
▪ During this presidential election year, books about politics are winning by a landslide.
▪ Wilson won in a landslide of more than 1 million votes.
▪ Dole won a landslide victory, giving him a 5-1 lead in delegates over Forbes, his nearest challenger.
▪ They amazed everyone by winning in a landslide, helping Harry Truman squeak through in Illinois.
▪ a landslide election victory
▪ Few people had expected Labour's landslide victory in 1945.
▪ Flooding caused landslides and serious property damage.
▪ He was re-elected in 1984 by a landslide.
▪ The newspapers were predicting a landslide for Thatcher.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Landslide \Land"slide`\, Landslip \Land"slip`\, n.

  1. The slipping down of a mass of land from a mountain, hill, etc.

  2. The land which slips down.

  3. An election victory in which the winning candidate receives a substantial majority of the votes, usually meaning at least ten per cent more than any opposing candidate.

  4. Any overwhelming victory.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1856, American English, from land (n.) + slide (n.). Earlier was landslip, still preferred in Britain. Old English used eorðgebyrst in this sense; literally "earth-burst." In the political sense, landslide "lopsided electoral victory" is attested from 1888.


n. 1 A natural disaster that involves the breakup and downhill flow of rock, mud, water and anything caught in the path. 2 A vote won by a wide or overwhelming majority.

  1. n. an overwhelming electoral victory; "Roosevelt defeated Hoover in a landslide"

  2. a slide of a large mass of dirt and rock down a mountain or cliff [syn: landslip]


A landslide, also known as a landslip, is a form of mass wasting that includes a wide range of ground movements, such as rockfalls, deep failure of slopes, and shallow debris flows. Landslides can occur in underwater, called a submarine landslide, coastal and onshore environments. Although the action of gravity is the primary driving force for a landslide to occur, there are other contributing factors affecting the original slope stability. Typically, pre-conditional factors build up specific sub-surface conditions that make the area/slope prone to failure, whereas the actual landslide often requires a trigger before being released. Landslides should not be confused with mud flows, a form of mass wasting involving very to extremely rapid flow of debris that has become partially or fully liquefied by the addition of significant amounts of water to the source material.

Landslide (board game)

Landslide is the name of two board games about the U.S. presidential elections, where players compete to become the president of the United States.

Landslide (Heroes)

"Landslide" is the twenty-second episode of the first season of the NBC science fiction drama series Heroes. It is the second episode of the three-part finale for season one.

Landslide (novel)

Landslide is a first-person narrative novel written by English author Desmond Bagley, and was first published in 1967.

Landslide (Olivia Newton-John song)

"Landslide" is a song by Australian singer Olivia Newton-John from her twelfth studio album Physical. It was released in several countries as the third and last single from the album in April 1982. In United Kingdom, however, it was released in January 1982 as the second single (" Make a Move on Me" was the third and last single). The single didn't achieve the success of its predecessors from the album, but peaked at the top 20 on the UK Singles Charts. The song also wasn't performed during the Physical Tour, but had some performances in television programs during the international promotion.

Landslide (Fleetwood Mac song)

"Landslide" is a song written by Stevie Nicks and performed by British-American music group Fleetwood Mac. It was first featured on the band's 1975 eponymous album Fleetwood Mac. Along with " Rhiannon", it would be Nicks' first original contribution to the band upon joining. A live version was released as a single 23 years later from the live reunion album The Dance. This version reached #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #10 on the Adult Contemporary chart. "Landslide" was certified Gold in October 2009 for sales of over 500,000 copies in the U.S. According to Nielsen Soundscan, "Landslide" has sold 1,315,950 copies in the U.S. as of February 2013.

Landslide (disambiguation)

A landslide is a geological phenomenon.

Landslide may also refer to:

  • Landslide (1937 film), a British drama film directed by Donovan Pedelty
  • Landslide (1940 film), a Hungarian drama film directed by Arzén von Cserépy
  • Landslide (board game), the name of two board games about the U.S. presidential elections
  • Landslide (musician), dubstep musician
  • Landslide (novel), a 1967 thriller novel by Desmond Bagley
  • "Landslide" (Heroes), the 22nd episode of the television series Heroes
  • "Landslide" (Fleetwood Mac song), 1975, covered by the Smashing Pumpkins and the Dixie Chicks in 2002
  • "Landslide", a song by AC/DC from the album Flick of the Switch
  • "Landslide" (Olivia Newton-John song), 1982
  • Landslide, traffic modeling equipment used by Spirent Communications
  • Landslide, a fictional character that appears in Transformers: Cybertron
  • Landslide victory, a term used in politics
  • "Landslide" 2015 Country group A Thousand Horses.
Landslide (musician)

Tim Land, better known as Landslide, is a dubstep, Broken Beat UK garage, 2-step, drum and bass, and future jazz musician (also heavily influenced by Latin, soul, and bossa nova), previously signed to Hospital Records, from London, England. Originally a drummer for bands, he was introduced to Tony Colman and Chris Goss (the label's founders) through a sound engineering job. He has also appeared as a musician on London Elektricity's live drum and bass act, mainly organizing and playing samples on Drum pads.

In addition to his production work, Landslide is a lecturer in Creative Sound & Music at University of Wales, Newport.

Landslide (1940 film)

Landslide (Hungarian: Földindulás) is a 1940 Hungarian drama film directed by Arzén von Cserépy and starring Antal Páger, Olga Eszenyi and Ferenc Kiss. Although obstensibly a romance film, it contained significant amounts of propaganda supportive of the policies of Hungary's far-right government. It was based on a play by János Kodolányi.

Landslide (1937 film)

Landslide is a 1937 British drama film directed by Donovan Pedelty and starring Jimmy Hanley, Dinah Sheridan and Jimmy Mageean. It was made at Wembley Studios as a quota quickie for release by Paramount Pictures.

Usage examples of "landslide".

He moved with the lumbering inevitability of a landslide, but as far as I could tell his only real qualifications seemed to be arms the size of axletrees and enough scar tissue to deaden the impact of a piled river.

Destructive earthquake, accompanied by great landslides in the mountains and eruptions of water and mud in the region of northern Luzon which comprises the Provinces of the Ilocos, of Cagayan, and the Cordillera Central.

It was occurring to me that this man might be able to save me a lot of reading with a nice quick lesson on faults and the landslides they can trigger.

Even if the storms cause floods or landslides, beneath the movement of a little topsoil, the shape of the land and the contour of it remains the same.

Mattie Ruth won in a landslide and the Benedicts moved their act to Washington.

The one with the clacks tube was already dropping it and reaching for a sword, but Jackrum was bearing down on him like a landslide.

The basic lumpy mountain was then cut and shaped with fusors and carefully triggered landslides, filled, planted, landscaped, and finally frosted with snow and even a small glacier near the summit.

Already great arching faults had opened up, and immense landslides, tens of kilometers wide, began to collapse the steep walls.

In North and South America, across thousands of kilometers, faults gaped and landslides crashed, as the shocked ground shuddered.

Even though the fires would burn themselves out, the roads across the Sierra would be permanently blocked by many fallen trees and by landslides and washouts upon the denuded slopes.

Everything to the east, across the Sierra Nevada, would be completely blocked by fallen trees and landslides, and the roads to the north would probably be the same.

They had encountered only a few minor washouts and landslides on the highway to Los Angeles, nothing that the jeep could not negotiate in four-wheel drive.

Little spills of red-beige sand lay on the sidewalk here and there, a reminder of the landslides that sometimes closed PCH as the unstable hillsides eroded, their substance trying to complete its journey from the Santa Monica mountains to the sea.

Another problem is, of course, that dust storms do tend to accumulate in the Canyon more than on the ordinary surface, and there are landslides now and then, but heavens, we don worry about that.

We know where the faults are and where the landslides are likely to occur and no one digs in there.