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quag·mire

 (kwăg′mīr′, kwŏg′-)
n.
1. Land with a soft muddy surface.
2. A difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.

quagmire

(ˈkwæɡˌmaɪə; ˈkwɒɡ-)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a soft wet area of land that gives way under the feet; bog
2. an awkward, complex, or embarrassing situation
[C16: from quag + mire]

quag•mire

(ˈkwægˌmaɪər, ˈkwɒg-)

n.
1. an area of miry or boggy ground whose surface yields under the tread; a bog.
2. a situation from which extrication is very difficult.
[1570–80]
quag′mir′y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quagmire - a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfootquagmire - a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
bog, peat bog - wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel

quagmire

noun
1. predicament, difficulty, quandary, pass, fix (informal), jam (informal), dilemma, pinch, plight, scrape (informal), muddle, pickle (informal), impasse, entanglement, imbroglio a political quagmire
2. bog, marsh, swamp, slough, fen, mire, morass, quicksand Overnight rain had turned the grass airstrip into a quagmire.

quagmire

noun
1. A usually low-lying area of soft waterlogged ground and standing water:
2. A difficult, often embarrassing situation or condition:
Informal: bind, pickle, spot.
Translations
hetehetteikkösokkelosuoumpisolmu
ぬかるみ沼地湿地窮地苦境

quagmire

[ˈkwægmaɪəʳ] Ncenagal m, lodazal m (fig) → atolladero m, cenagal m

quagmire

[ˈkwægmaɪər ˈkwɒgmaɪər] n
(lit)bourbier m
(fig)bourbier m

quagmire

nSumpf m, → Morast m; (fig) (of vice etc)Morast m; (= difficult situation)Schlamassel m (inf); the paths were reduced to a quagmiredie Wege waren völlig aufgeweicht or matschig; he was bogged down in a quagmire of tiny detailser hatte sich in einem Wust von kleinen Einzelheiten festgebissen

quagmire

[ˈkwægˌmaɪəʳ] npantano (fig) → caos m inv
References in classic literature ?
Country in which there are precipitous cliffs with torrents running between, deep natural hollows, confined places, tangled thickets, quagmires and crevasses, should be left with all possible speed and not approached.
The latter, he found extremely muddy, and so surrounded by swamps and quagmires, that he was obliged to construct canoes of rushes, with which to explore them.
From the end of it a small wand planted here and there showed where the path zigzagged from tuft to tuft of rushes among those green-scummed pits and foul quagmires which barred the way to the stranger.
The deer, looking soaked, leave quagmires where they pass.
Sometimes they are little lakes, again but tiny pools, and often mere quagmires of mud, as was this one overgrown with lush grasses which effectually hid its treacherous identity.
Over the Tarn and the Garonne, through the vast quagmires of Armagnac, past the swift-flowing Losse, and so down the long valley of the Adour, there was many a long league to be crossed ere they could join themselves to that dark war-cloud which was drifting slowly southwards to the line of the snowy peaks, beyond which the banner of England had never yet been seen.
Well,' says I, 'you talk o' Bony's cliverness; would it be any use my being a first-rate gardener if I'd got nought but a quagmire to work on?