quag

[kwag, kwog]
noun

Origin:
1580–90; expressive word, obscurely akin to quake

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quag (kwæɡ, kwɒɡ)
 
n
another word for quagmire
 
[C16: perhaps related to quake; compare Middle Low German quabbe]

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Democracy out of these latter-day quag mires, where it has been floundering.
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