Quagmire meaning

kwăgmīr, kwŏg-
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A difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.
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Land with a soft muddy surface.
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(figuratively) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.

The paperwork got lost in a quagmire of bureaucracy.

Those election results are a quagmire for any coalition except one of national union.

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The definition of a quagmire is soft, wet ground or a complex and difficult situation with no easy solution.

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.

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Wet, boggy ground, yielding under the foot.
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A difficult or inextricable position.

A quagmire of debts.

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A swampy, soggy area of ground.

That quagmire regularly 'swallows' caught-up hikers' boots.

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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 mýrr, akin to Old English mōs (“marsh") and English moss). The sense "difficult situation, inextricable position" is recorded since 1775.

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  • Alternative: Apparently a var. of the earlier quakemire, from quake + mire.

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