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quagmire

a soft wet area of land that gives way under the feet; bog

quagmire

[′kwäg‚mīr]
(ecology)
bog
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US involvement in Vietnam in the 1960s and the 1970s, and the involvement of the defunct USSR in Afghanistan in the 1980s have become, in the political lexicon, metaphors for a quagmire.
The world people now believe that the West, specially the US, is now mired in the quagmires of Iraq and Afghanistan and is desperately seeking a way out of this quagmire.
I have a right to walk on a safe, well-maintained pavement/grass verge but I cannot, due to greedy, selfish motorists driving over, parking on, cracking, shattering and smashing pavements, slovenly motorists turning grass verges into muddy quagmires.
At this time of year many inland courses in Britain are muddy quagmires, but golf carries on at seaside courses.
Everyone I've asked about this who it affects are obviously in favour of this, yet to my disgust I found out that the council is to spend pounds 36,000 having these quagmires re-grassed and then is going to fine anyone who parks, or half parks, on the verges.
As the last winter of the war set in, the fields turned to muddy quagmires, gaunt soldiers scratched out shallow wells and shelters in their enclosure, and their almost-adequate rations dwindled to practically nothing.
It is time for many bishops to step down from their own self-created quagmires of mishandled sexual abuse cases and allow new leaders to take over.