quagmire

[kwag-mahyuhr, kwog-]
noun
1.
an area of miry or boggy ground whose surface yields under the tread; a bog.
2.
a situation from which extrication is very difficult: a quagmire of financial indebtedness.
3.
anything soft or flabby.

Origin:
1570–80; quag + mire

quagmiry, adjective


2. predicament, dilemma, quandary, scrape, jam.
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quagmire (ˈkwæɡˌmaɪə, ˈkwɒɡ-)
 
n
1.  a soft wet area of land that gives way under the feet; bog
2.  an awkward, complex, or embarrassing situation
 
[C16: from quag + mire]

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quagmire
1579, from obsolete quag "bog, marsh" + mire. Quag is a variant of M.E. quabbe "a marsh, bog," from O.E. *cwabba "shake, tremble" (like something soft and flabby). Extended sense of "difficult situation, inextricable position" is first recorded 1775.
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Example sentences
Daytime temperatures rose enough to thaw the ground, and the heavily laden
  wagons became half-sunk in quagmires.
The presence of permafrost required that careful attention be paid to
  construction to avoid permanent quagmires.
In many cases, fen zones could be considered quagmires with floating or quaking
  surface mats of emergent vegetation.
Vats of vast areas have formed which are perfect quagmires of chemicals under
  constant action.
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