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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.
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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]
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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quagmire

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

[ˈkwægˌmaɪəʳ] npantano (fig) → caos m inv
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References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
Many of them they had so completely dammed up as to inundate the low grounds, making shallow pools or lakes, and extensive quagmires; by which the route of the travellers was often impeded.
The deer, looking soaked, leave quagmires where they pass.
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.
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.
Riding-saddles and bridles, pack-saddles and strings of bells, mules and men, lanterns, torches, sacks, provender, barrels, cheeses, kegs of honey and butter, straw bundles and packages of many shapes, were crowded confusedly together in this thawed quagmire and about the steps.
The ground was so much dug up all over, that as the season advanced it turned to a quagmire. When it froze hard, he was disconso- late.
A snake who could make himself comfortable in a quagmire, a hundred feet deep, would be protected on the outskirts by such stupendous morasses as now no longer exist, or which, if they exist anywhere at all, can be on very few places on the earth's surface.
Tess, meanwhile, as the one who had dragged her parents into this quagmire, was silently wondering what she could do to help them out of it; and then her mother broached her scheme.
'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?' 'No,' says he.