Origin of quagmire
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|Jamie Dettmer|September 25, 2014|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|DAILY BEAST
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.
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|Justin Green|May 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Octavian scrambled hastily over the pigsty wall to her rescue, and at once found himself in a quagmire that engulfed his feet.The Toys of Peace|Saki
I watched her until I got tired, and then I thought I would take her missing stocking and throw it in the quagmire.Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country|Joel Chandler Harris
Quagmire, kwag′mīr, n. wet, boggy ground that yields under the feet.
My feet were entangled among briars and thorns, and beside me was a quagmire.The Divine Adventure etc. (Works vol. 4)|Fiona Macleod
Neglect them, and you sink into the quagmire from which the soul of the race has been for generations struggling to save you.The History of David Grieve|Mrs. Humphry Ward
Word Origin 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).