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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.]
(Physical Geography) a deep mass of loose wet sand that submerges anything on top of it
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.
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.
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|Noun||1.||quicksand - 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|
sand - a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral