from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Land with a soft muddy surface.
- noun A difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To entangle or sink in or as in a quagmire.
- noun Soft, wet, boggy land that trembles under the foot; a marsh; a bog; a fen.
- noun Synonyms Slough, Bog, etc. See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Soft, wet, miry land, which shakes or yields under the feet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
swampy, soggyarea of ground.
- noun figuratively A
perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
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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.
NYT > Home Page By A. O. SCOTT 2011
This quagmire is the legacy of the WORST PRESIDENT EVER.
About the other candidates, he said, excuse me, he was -- you know that Steve Martin thing, excuse me, he was the only major candidate who made the right judgment, and said, don't tell me this guy can't deal with national security when the Bush people and some of the Democrat candidates supported him in getting us into what he calls a quagmire, that's a Vietnam phrase.
He regrets that he chose the phrase 'tar baby,' rather than the word 'quagmire.'
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Either course of action will bring short-term howls of recrimination from the right ... but this mini-surge deeper into the quagmire is going to sink the administration without question. declining 35 percent approval rating for management of the war in Afghanistan
The only way of getting the economy out of the quagmire is by lowering public sector wages, said Rachlevsky.
The whole middle east quagmire is as a result of the U.S. policy in backing the most unbending nation in the world.
Unfortunately it seems like the Democratic quagmire is full of emotion and very little reasoning.