- a bed of soft or loose sand saturated with water and having considerable depth, yielding under weight and therefore tending to suck down any object resting on its surface.
Origin of quicksand
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Examples from the Web for quicksand
To Herron it has felt like “a marathon that I ran in quicksand, getting nowhere quickly.”Caught Between Military and Civilian Justice, a Battered Wife Waits and Waits for Help
April 21, 2014
The McKesson proxy statement is 100-plus pages of quicksand.He’s One of the Nation’s Highest-Paid CEOs—and You’ve Never Heard of Him
January 2, 2012
Five minutes later, he is up to his thighs in liquid that is quicksand thick.An Old-Fashioned Wine Harvest
October 18, 2010
An emaciated Steve Jobs jiving from an underground lair about his health is quicksand.Steve Jobs' Messiah Complex
January 15, 2009
That green strip of willow is the edge of a quicksand where no one knows the depth.
The boys will think a quicksand has swallowed us, and no one will be sleeping there at Soledad.
In some places it seemed as bottomless as a pit of quicksand.War from the Inside
Frederick L. (Frederick Lyman) Hitchcock
She had married the solid Hermie, and he had turned out to be quicksand.Gigolo
You never know where you'll meet a quicksand, or a hole in the ice.The Mermaid
- a deep mass of loose wet sand that submerges anything on top of it
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Word Origin and History for quicksand
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A deep bed of loose, smoothly rounded sand grains, saturated with water and forming a soft, shifting mass that yields easily to pressure and tends to engulf objects resting on its surface. Although it is possible for a person to drown while mired in quicksand, the human body is less dense than any quicksand and is thus not drawn or sucked beneath the surface as is sometimes popularly believed.
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