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.
- quagmiry, adjective
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How to use quagmire in a sentence
It doesn’t actually address the larger quagmire, and no app or private benefit will.Caring for the elderly has never been more expensive, exhausting, or invisible | Anne Helen Petersen | August 26, 2021 | Vox
Long ago, Americans lost both a sense of the war’s purpose and any appetite for quagmire.The critics of war in Afghanistan proved prescient | Jeremy Varon | August 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Your framework describes a scenario where things go from crusade to quagmire.'Major American Failure.’ A Political Scientist on Why the U.S. Lost in Afghanistan | Philip Elliott | August 18, 2021 | Time
Couples like Niemer and Backstrom are navigating a tricky quagmire of ethics and etiquette to ensure the safety of their big day.You don’t get an invite to these weddings unless you’re vaccinated or have a negative covid test | Tanya Basu | April 8, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
He was painting and selling his delicate “abstract impressionist” paintings while watching coverage of the quagmire in Vietnam.Philip Guston’s art speaks to our present moment. We shouldn’t have to wait to see it. | Sebastian Smee | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | Jamie Dettmer | September 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Jamelle Bouie | October 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
To date Obama has been determined not to talk about that, likely because to complain is to risk a corrosive quagmire.
Four years later, he has absented himself utterly from the quagmire in which nearly 90 million Egyptians find themselves.
In the 1980s the goal was to defeat the Soviets by creating a quagmire for the Red Army like Vietnam was for America.
In the centre of this quagmire and near where the road crosses the bottom is a spring of good water.Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XXX | Joel Palmer
I was so near discovering the truth, and yet my inquiries had only plunged me more deeply into a quagmire of suspicion and horror.The Sign of Silence | William Le Queux
The moor was boggy, and he crossed patches of quagmire which trembled even under his light weight.Lives of the Fur Folk | M. D. Haviland
At one spot my horse sank into a quagmire, and it was only with the greatest difficulty that I finally got it out again.Wanderings in Patagonia | Julius Beerbohm
In the pelting rain of a Burmese monsoon the so-called road soon became a mere quagmire.
British Dictionary definitions for quagmire
a soft wet area of land that gives way under the feet; bog
an awkward, complex, or embarrassing situation
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