- an area of miry or boggy ground whose surface yields under the tread; a bog.
- a situation from which extrication is very difficult: a quagmire of financial indebtedness.
- anything soft or flabby.
Origin of quagmire
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Examples from the Web for quagmire
And the reasons for that suggest just how densely complicated the Mideast quagmire has become.Obama’s Arab Backers May Draw the U.S. Deep Into the Mideast Quagmire
September 25, 2014
Creator David Simon meant the line to be a reference to the quagmire of the Iraq War.Who’s Really ‘Winning’ the Government Shutdown Debate
October 4, 2013
Four years later, he has absented himself utterly from the quagmire in which nearly 90 million Egyptians find themselves.What’s Left of Obama’s Mideast Policy?
July 18, 2013
In the 1980s the goal was to defeat the Soviets by creating a quagmire for the Red Army like Vietnam was for America.Will Arming Syrian Rebels Lead to Disaster?
June 15, 2013
Let's keep it like that, rather than sliding into a quagmire that renders it useless to the republic.Harry Reid's Good Idea: Kill Filibusters on Appointments
May 17, 2013
But now am I indeed fast stuck in a quagmire of uncertainty.Nicanor - Teller of Tales
C. Bryson Taylor
The road through Thiepval was a bog, the village was a quagmire.The Old Front Line
The pond was a thin piece of canvas painted to represent the quagmire.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
Already our horses were stumbling over corpses as if in a quagmire.The Brass Bell
The lane was muddy even in the roadway, and on the banks it was a quagmire.A Dog with a Bad Name
Talbot Baines Reed
- a soft wet area of land that gives way under the feet; bog
- an awkward, complex, or embarrassing situation
Word Origin and History for quagmire
1570s, "bog, marsh," from obsolete quag "bog, marsh" + mire (n.). Early spellings include quamyre (1550s), quabmire (1590s), quadmire (c.1600). Extended sense of "difficult situation, inescapable bad position" is recorded by 1766; but this seems to have been not in common use in much of 19c. (absent in "Century Dictionary," 1902), but revived in a narrower sense in reference to military invasions in American English, 1965, with reference to Vietnam (popularized in the book title "The Making of a Quagmire" by David Halberstam).