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Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Definitions for quagmire

  1. Soft, wet, miry land that shakes or yields under the feet.
  2. A difficult or precarious position or situation; a predicament.

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Citations for quagmire
. . .drenching rains that reduced all the roads to quagmires. , New York Times
Slowly, inevitably, over the course of several months, Don Jaime's pupil draws him into a quagmire of plot and counterplot. Walter Satterthwait, New York Times
Origin of quagmire
1570-1580
Quagmire is from quag, a dialectical variant of quake (from Old English cwacian) + mire, from Old Norse myrr, "a swamp."
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