2 verb
Related topics: Air, Water
land2 S2 W3


a) [intransitive] if a plane, bird, or insect lands, it moves safely down onto the ground [≠ take off]:
Flight 846 landed five minutes ago.
The bird landed gracefully on the water.
b) [transitive] to make a plane move safely down onto the ground at the end of a journey:
The pilot managed to land the aircraft safely.

arrive by boat/plane

[intransitive]TTATTW to arrive somewhere in a plane, boat etc
land on/in/at etc
We expect to be landing in Oslo in about fifty minutes.
In 1969, the first men landed on the moon.

fall/come down

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to come down through the air onto something [= drop]
land in/on/under etc
A large branch landed on the hood of my car.
Louis fell out of the tree and landed in a holly bush.
She fell and landed heavily on the floor.
A couple of bombs landed quite near to the village.


[transitive] if a boat or aircraft lands people or goods, it brings them to a place, and the people get out or the goods are carried out:
The troops were landed by helicopter.

job/contract etc

[transitive] informal to succeed in getting a job, contract etc that was difficult to get:
He landed a job with a law firm.
land yourself something
Bill's just landed himself a part in a Broadway show.

land somebody in trouble/hospital/court etc

to cause someone to have serious problems or be in a difficult situation:
Connie's going to land herself in big trouble if she keeps arriving late for work.
She developed pneumonia which landed her in hospital.

land somebody in it

British English spoken informal to get someone into trouble by telling other people that they did something wrong [= drop somebody in it]:
Geoff landed me in it by saying I should have checked that the door was locked.


[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to arrive unexpectedly, and cause problems
land in/on/under etc
Just when I thought my problems were over, this letter landed on my desk.

land a punch/blow etc

to succeed in hitting someone

land on your feet

to get into a good situation again, after having problems:
She certainly landed on her feet when she got that job.

catch fish

[transitive] to catch a fish

land up

phrasal verb
to be in a particular place, situation, or position after a lot of things have happened to you [= end up]
land up in
We landed up in a bar at 3 am.
Be careful that you don't land up in serious debt.
land up with
I landed up with five broken ribs.

land somebody with something

phrasal verb
to give someone something unpleasant to do, because no one else wants to do it:
Maria's been landed with all the tidying up as usual.

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