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1. An area of wet, soggy, muddy ground; a bog.
2. Deep slimy soil or mud.
3. A disadvantageous or difficult condition or situation: the mire of poverty.
v. mired, mir·ing, mires
a. To cause to sink or become stuck in mire.
b. To hinder, entrap, or entangle.
2. To soil with mud or mire.
To sink or become stuck in mire.
[Middle English, from Old Norse mȳrr, bog.]
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1. (Physical Geography) a boggy or marshy area
2. mud, muck, or dirt
3. to sink or cause to sink in a mire
4. (tr) to make dirty or muddy
5. (tr) to involve, esp in difficulties
[C14: from Old Norse mӯrr; related to moss]
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n., v. mired, mir•ing. n.
1. an area of wet, swampy ground; bog; marsh.
2. ground of this kind, as deep mud.v.t.
3. to cause to stick in mire.
4. to involve; entangle.
5. to soil with mire.v.i.
6. to sink or stick in mire.
[1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse mȳrr bog; c. Old English mēos moss]
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Past participle: mired
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|Noun||1.||mire - a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot|
|2.||mire - deep soft mud in water or slush; "they waded through the slop"|
|3.||mire - a difficulty or embarrassment that is hard to extricate yourself from; "the country is still trying to climb out of the mire left by its previous president"; "caught in the mire of poverty"|
difficulty - a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties"
|Verb||1.||mire - entrap; "Our people should not be mired in the past"|
involve - engage as a participant; "Don't involve me in your family affairs!"
|2.||mire - cause to get stuck as if in a mire; "The mud mired our cart"|
|3.||mire - be unable to move further; "The car bogged down in the sand"|
stand still - remain in place; hold still; remain fixed or immobile; "Traffic stood still when the funeral procession passed by"
|4.||mire - soil with mud, muck, or mire; "The child mucked up his shirt while playing ball in the garden"|
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1. mess, trouble, difficulty, emergency, jam (informal), plight, straits, hot water (informal), predicament, tight spot or corner The economy is not out of the mire yet.
2. mud, dirt, muck, ooze, sludge, slime, slob (Irish), gloop (informal), grot (slang) the muck and mire of farmyards
1. soil, dirty, muddy, besmirch, begrime, bespatter The party has been mired by allegations of sleaze.
in the mire in trouble, entangled, in difficulties, encumbered We're still in the mire, but I think we're good enough to escape.
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1. A usually low-lying area of soft waterlogged ground and standing water:
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mire[ˈmaɪər] n → bourbier m
the mire (= serious difficulties) → le bourbier
They have struggled out of the mire → Ils se sont sortis du bourbier.
to be in the mire → être dans le bourbier
to sink into the mire (= get into difficulties) → s'embourber
to be deep in the mire → être embourbé dans la crise
a company deep in the mire → une compagnie profondément embourbée dans la crise
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