An example of a quagmire is a tense meeting where everyone is angry with each other and there's no clear way to solve the problems.
A quagmire of debts.
Origin of quagmire
- Recorded since 1579, from two virtual synonyms: obsolete quag (“bog, marsh") (a variant of Middle English quabbe (“a marsh, bog"), from Old English *cwabba (“shake, tremble like something soft and flabby"); cognate with Dutch kwab) + mire (from Middle English, from Old Norse mÃ½rr, akin to Old English mÅs (“marsh") and English moss). The sense "difficult situation, inextricable position" is recorded since 1775.