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.
to make a plane move safely down onto the ground at the end of a journey:
The pilot managed to land the aircraft safely.
to arrive somewhere in a plane, boat etc
arrive by boat/plane[intransitive]TTATTW
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.
to come down through the air onto something [= drop]
fall/come down[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
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.
to succeed in getting a job, contract etc that was difficult to get:
job/contract etc[transitive] informal
He landed a job with a law firm.
land yourself something
Bill's just landed himself a part in a Broadway show.
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.
7 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.
to arrive unexpectedly, and cause problems
problems[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
land in/on/under etc
Just when I thought my problems were over, this letter landed on my desk.
to succeed in hitting someone
to get into a good situation again, after having problems:
She certainly landed on her feet when she got that job.
to catch a fish
land upphrasal verb
land somebody with somethingphrasal verb
Maria's been landed with all the tidying up as usual.