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quagmire

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

quagmire

[′kwäg‚mīr]
(ecology)
bog
References in classic literature ?
Well,' says I, 'you talk o' Bony's cliverness; would it be any use my being a first-rate gardener if I'd got nought but a quagmire to work on?
We had some difficulty in reaching the point, owing to the intolerably bad paths; for everywhere in the shade the ground soon becomes a perfect quagmire.
On both sides lay an extensive quagmire, which could not have been more disagreeable either to sight or smell, had all the kennels of the earth emptied their pollution there.
Riding-saddles and bridles, pack-saddles and strings of bells, mules and men, lanterns, torches, sacks, provender, barrels, cheeses, kegs of honey and butter, straw bundles and packages of many shapes, were crowded confusedly together in this thawed quagmire and about the steps.
The ground was so much dug up all over, that as the season advanced it turned to a quagmire.
He tweeted that the US just wants to 'win' in Afghanistan/Iraq/Syria and the many quagmires they are involved with, having no plan to get out.
8203;"Western diplomats and military officers have become more used to quagmires that lead to no political outcomes, or to fudges that lead to stasis, rather than interventions that have a real conclusion," the former MI6 agent notes, adding that American and many European elites will find it hard to swallow the eventual Russo-Syrian victory.
Nevertheless, the logic which governs and controls the conduct of the Lebanese party is similar to the logic that took Washington and Moscow to their quagmires.