Definition of "quagmire" []

  • Land with a soft muddy surface. (noun)
  • A difficult or precarious situation; a predicament. (noun)
  • A soft wet area of land that gives way under the feet; bog (noun)

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  • An awkward, complex, or embarrassing situation (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "quagmire" in a sentence
  • "To call recent storylines a quagmire would cause me to go look up ‘quagmire‘ and make sure I’m using it correctly “a difficult, precarious, or entrapping position”, yeah he’s had a few of those."
  • "HEUVEL: John McCain is -- gives new meaning to the term quagmire as a warmonger, has an 82 percent American Conservative Union rating."
  • "Long before the word quagmire was applied to Vietnam, Mark Twain used it to describe America's Philippines entanglement, which he vigorously opposed."