Etymology
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landslide (n.)

also land-slide, 1841, "fall or down-slide of a mass of rock, earth, etc. from a slope or mountain," American English, from land (n.) + slide (n.). Earlier was landslip (1670s), which is preferred in Britain. Old English used eorðgebyrst in this sense; literally "earth-burst." Landslide in the political sense "lopsided electoral victory" is attested from 1888.

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Definitions of landslide

landslide (n.)
an overwhelming electoral victory;
Roosevelt defeated Hoover in a landslide
landslide (n.)
a slide of a large mass of dirt and rock down a mountain or cliff;
Synonyms: landslip
From wordnet.princeton.edu