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quick·sand

 (kwĭk′sănd′)
n.
1. Sand that is mixed with water in a collected mass and yields easily to pressure so that objects on its surface tend to sink and become engulfed.
2. often quicksands A place or situation into which entry can be swift and sudden but from which extrication can be difficult or impossible: "This theory of the future entrapped [them] in the quicksands of Vietnam" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.).

[Middle English quyksond, living sand : quick, quyk, living; see quick + sand, sond, sand; see sand.]

quicksand

(ˈkwɪkˌsænd)
n
(Physical Geography) a deep mass of loose wet sand that submerges anything on top of it

quick•sand

(ˈkwɪkˌsænd)

n.
a bed of soft or loose sand saturated with water and having considerable depth, yielding under weight and therefore tending to cause an object resting on its surface to sink.
[1275–1325]
quick′sand′y, adj.

quick·sand

(kwĭk′sănd′)
A deep bed of loose sand mixed with water, forming a soft, shifting mass that yields easily to pressure and tends to swallow objects resting on its surface.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quicksand - a treacherous situation that tends to entrap and destroyquicksand - a treacherous situation that tends to entrap and destroy
situation - a complex or critical or unusual difficulty; "the dangerous situation developed suddenly"; "that's quite a situation"; "no human situation is simple"
2.quicksand - a pit filled with loose wet sand into which objects are sucked down
cavity, pit - a sizeable hole (usually in the ground); "they dug a pit to bury the body"
sand - a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral
Translations
tekutý písek
juoksuhiekka
živi pijesak
kvicksand

quicksand

[ˈkwɪksænd] Narenas fpl movedizas

quicksand

[ˈkwɪksænd] nsables mpl mouvantsquick-setting [ˌkwɪkˈsɛtɪŋ] adj [cement] → à prise rapide; [jelly] → qui prend facilement

quicksand

[ˈkwɪkˌsænd] nsabbie fpl mobili
References in classic literature ?
These, with their perplexities and inconsistencies, were the shifting quicksands of my mind, from the time of my departure to the time of my return home, three years afterwards.
Its depth was from three to six feet, the bottom full of quicksands.
Finding it impossible, from quicksands and other dangerous impediments, to cross the river in this neighborhood, he kept up along the south fork for two days, merely seeking a safe fording place.
The American will know how to appreciate the importance of this opinion, in relation to the house in question, when he is told that it was written by one of those inspired moralists, and profound constitutional lawyers, and ingenious political economists, who daily teach their fellow creatures how to give practical illustrations of the mandates of the Bible, how to discriminate in vexed questions arising from the national compact, and how to manage their private affairs in such a way as to escape the quicksands that have wrecked their own.
The width of the river, which was upwards of a mile, its extreme shallowness, the frequency of quicksands, and various other characteristics, had at length made them sensible of their errors with respect to it, and they now came to the correct conclusion, that they were on the banks of the Platte or Shallow River.
In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds.
It is only for those who seem to us to have lost compass and purpose, and to be driven helplessly on rocks and quicksands, whose lives are spent in the service of the world, the flesh, and the devil, for self alone, and not for their fellow-men, their country, or their God, that we must mourn and pray without sure hope and without light, trusting only that He, in whose hands they as well as we are, who has died for them as well as for us, who sees all His creatures
Changing his battery, he whispered in the ears of a few of his oldest parishioners, that he had been deceived in the state of Middleton's mind, which he was now compelled to believe was completely stranded on the quicksands of heresy.