quagmires1) N-COUNT: usu sing with supp A quagmire is a difficult, complicated, or unpleasant situation which is not easy to avoid or escape from.
His people had fallen further and further into a quagmire of confusion...
We have no intention of being drawn into a political quagmire.2) N-COUNT: usu sing A quagmire is a soft, wet area of land which your feet sink into if you try to walk across it.
Overnight rain had turned the grass airstrip into a quagmire.
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quagmire — I noun complication, crisis, critical situation, dead end, deadlock, difficulty, dilemma, distress, emergency, entanglement, exigency, imbroglio, impasse, involvement, mess, misfortune, muddle, nonplus, perplexity, pinch, plight, predicament,… … Law dictionary
quagmire — (n.) 1570s, from obsolete QUAG (Cf. quag) bog, marsh + MIRE (Cf. mire) (n.). Extended sense of difficult situation, inextricable position is recorded by 1766 … Etymology dictionary
quagmire — ► NOUN 1) a soft boggy area of land that gives way underfoot. 2) a complex or difficult situation … English terms dictionary
quagmire — noun /ˈkwɒɡ.maɪə(ɹ)/ a) A swampy, soggy area of ground. That quagmire regularly swallows caught up hikers boots b) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament. The pap … Wiktionary
quagmire — n. in a quagmire of * * * in a quagmire of … Combinatory dictionary
quagmire — quag|mire [ˈkwægmaıə, ˈkwɔg US ˈkwægmaır] n [C usually singular] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: quag soft wet ground (16 20 centuries) (perhaps from quag to shake (17 19 centuries)) + mire] 1.) an area of soft wet muddy ground ▪ In the rainy season… … Dictionary of contemporary English